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Some teacher trainees in some Colleges of Education(CoE) in the country are demanding from their school authorities to refund Gh¢196 owed them.
According to them, they weren’t on campus in the month of August. To those students, this is illegal for college authorities to deduct Gh¢196 knowing very well they were on vacation.
The report went on to say that, “every month, government pays teacher trainees an amount of Gh¢400.00 as allowance to cushion their educational expenses. Out of this amount, Gh¢196.00 goes to managements of various colleges as feeding fees while Gh¢4.00 goes to the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) as membership dues. The remaining Gh¢200.00 then directly goes to the trainees for their upkeep.”
The report again stressed, trainees spent only three months in the tutelage, the fourth month was spent home, yet college authorities deducted feeding fee of which shouldn’t have happened for they were not in school.
A teacher trainee at the Tamale College of Education (TACE) who spoke on condition of anonymity said, it was not fair management deducted the Gh¢196.00 from the allowance for the fourth month though they weren’t in school. It would be good and fair if those monies are refund to them, the trainee lamented.
Others also suggested that, if the college managements are refusing to honour the payment, they should use it in deducting part of their fees.
“Our suggestion here is, if we can’t receive it in cash, the school authorities should channel the Gh¢200 allowance in paying some of our college fees.”
They call on the leadership of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana, TTAG to intervene on the matter.
News by: Adam Sahanaa