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National President of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG), Mr. Augustine Appiah has cleared the air on issues concerning the payment of allowance to trainee teachers for the month of March.
In an interaction with the News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal, Mr. Appiah explained that “per the academic calendar with the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) and my engagement with them, allowance for trainee teachers for the second semester is scheduled for payment for the months of May, June, July and August”.
He further explained that the change of payment to May, June, July and August was as a result of the prolonged strike action that was embarked on by CETAG about a year ago leading to the change in academic calendar and payment schedule.
Trainee teachers have been in high anticipation for their monthly stipend for the month of March. But per the explanations given by the TTAG National President, trainee teachers will have to wait till the end of May to receive their allowance.
It will be recalled that the New Patriotic Party in 2016 as part of its campaign promises pledged to restore the payment of the trainee teacher allowance if voted into power. Four years down the line the government has lived up to task with the payment of the allowance to trainee teachers. Each trainee teacher is paid an amount of GHC400 per month for eight months in a year.
Speaking on issues relating to preparations towards the creation of virtual learning platforms, the TTAG National President admonished trainee teachers to remain calm as they engage stakeholders on the matter.
“We have engaged the various stakeholders on the virtual learning process. This is the first time this is taking place and we have presented our concerns to the stakeholders. We have made them aware of the challenges of trainees with regards to network connectivity and accessibility. I, however wish to encourage trainee teachers to register and take part in the process as we seek to address its accompanying challenges” Mr. Appiah added.