The Teachers and Trainees Advocacy (TTA) have asked the NDC to cease the misconception about the cancellation of the trainee teachers allowance seven years ago.
This was contained in a statement issued in response to comments by the former President Mahama and the NDC Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi tobthe fact that the trainee teachers allowance was not scrapped but rather replaced with Students’ Loan.
This was said in a statement signed by the National Convener of TTA, Patrick Antwi Karikari and the Director of Publicity, Bernard Sao.
According to the TTA, the assertion by the NDC is not true and “arrant contradiction”.
“We wish to state on records and facts that, the evasive comments by the former President Mahama to the effect that the trainee teachers allowance was not scrapped but rather replaced with Students’ Loan is untrue and an arrant contradiction”.
They questioned the efficiency of the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), and cautioned the party to cease the misconception about the cancellation of the allowance.
They said, “how can the allowance be one instance not cancelled and another instance replaced with Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF)”?.
They said the deciet, and lies about educational issues in the country scratches the surface of wounds of teacher trainees with impunity.
According to National Convener, only 30% of trainee teachers were able to get through the ordeals and difficult qualifying conditions to access the students loan, from the year 2013 to 2016 when the
allowance was cancelled.
He said the trainee teachers allowances could not be replaced or substituted with a loan scheme which comes payable clauses and massive stringent conditions before a teacher trainee could access the loan with SLTF.
“We at Teachers and Trainees Advocacy (TTA) wish to state that,the trainee teachers allowance was a free mechanized payroll disbursement which had no repayment clauses and interest rate accruals to the consolidated fund”, the statement said.
They also said they were surprised at assertions from the opposition party, that the colleges of education were upgraded to offer first degree.
“This assertion is very shocking and unfounded and that merited the scrapping of the allowance comes with a big surprise to us”, they stated.
The National Convenor of the Teachers and Trainees Advocacy (TTA), Patrick Kakari Antwi, however admonished the trainee teachers to reject desperate politicians who distort facts about the scrapping of their allowances, “and not forgetting the the herculean hurdles including; the task of getting a guarantor who is a SSNIT contributor for 36 months continuous, getting a high ranking public servant to endorse and witness the loan application forms before the
application could be sent”.
“The education sector is too sensitive to be used as a political football match”, he added.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com