‘Better to lose on principle than win using falsehood’ –Mahama speaks on Teacher Trainee Allowance
The flagbearer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), President John Mahama has said his government would not restore teacher trainee allowances, saying it’s better to lose on principle than win using falsehood.
President Mahama on Thursday tweeted: “On the matter of trainee teacher allowances, better to lose on principle than win using falsehood. We’ll not reverse the decision. #UCC Forum.”
He is on a campaign tour of the Central Region where he addressed a group of students at University of Cape Coast, UCC.
In 2014, government scrapped teacher trainee allowances, a decision which was opposed by trainee teachers who went as far as registering their displeasure with the policy in several demonstrations to compel government to reintroduce the allowances.
Government in a response argued that, the decision was to increase enrollment at the Colleges of Education, saying the allowances is a huge factor in admitting students to the colleges.
Government also explained that, since all Teacher Training Institutions were upgraded to Colleges of Education, the policy was to bring equity into the systems as other students in tertiary institutions do not have access these allowances.
Following its withdrawal, government has since introduced Students’ Loan Scheme at the Colleges of Education level which is available for all students in degree awarding institutions.
Teacher trainees subsequently vowed to vote against the NDC government if it failed to restore the payment of their allowances before the 2016 general elections.
On the other hand, the Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, on his recent campaign tour of the Northern Region promised that he will restore the allowance should he win power.