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The Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana “TTAG”, today 4/02/2020 turns 25years. The association formed to address issues confronting the trainees fraternity is yet to earmark it silver jubilee celebration at a convenient date which will soon be announced in the coming days due to a section of trainees comprising of level 100s and 200s writing their end of semester exams. The said date yet to be announced is believed to favour all and sundry in the trainees fraternity to make the celebration a memorable one.
In their press release, they commended the founding fathers of the association especially Mrs. Elizabeth Addabor for her role played to make the association a reality. Stakeholders including GES, MOE, PRINCOF, CETAG among others were also commended for their unflinching support and partnership the association has enjoyed from over the years.
Lets veer into the history of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana(TTAG).
Historically, teacher trainees organized agitations in 1970s and early 1980s on grounds of fair treatment and recognition both by the government and college authorities. It is on record that in the 1970s, teacher trainees organized meetings to petition the government when they felt threatened as a result of their
uncertainty about their status and qualification. Again, there was a
similar agitation for the recognition of trainees allowances in the early
However, many beneficiaries of teachers of education afterward had a deep seated conviction about what a union of teacher trainees could do
for its members and nation at large. Many were of the view that, even
though the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) existed, their focus
was more on issues affecting university students.
Many also agreed that teacher trainees need an association for the
benefit of co-operation as expected in every human endeavour and someteacher trainees welcomed the idea as a very important tool while
others were indifferent about the decision.
In the early 1990s teacher trainees forged to form the Teacher Trainees ‘Association of Ghana (TTAG). This attempt faced stiff opposition from college authorities. Some employed all kinds of strategies before its germination. Apparently, their contention was that such a union formed will make colleges of education, the then teacher
training college ungovernable.
This not withstanding, as also said by Nathanael Greene that―we fight,
we get beaten, arise and fight again‖ between the end of the 1994/95
and the beginning of the 1995/96 academic year, the ground became
fertile for the formation of TTAG.
Subsequently, the association was officially, inaugurated colourfully on
3rd February, 1996 at the Presbyterian College of Education by Mrs.Elizabeth Addabor, the then director of TeacherEducation Division of the Ghana Education Service. Mrs. Addabor is equally on record to have offered her unflinching support to the founding
fathers of the association.
It is worthy of notice that before TTAG was inaugurated, teacher trainees in the then three Northern Regions had aunion called Association of Teacher Training Colleges in the Northern Sector (ATTRICONS).
TTAG has its motto as―a model for development‖ with the slogan TTAG–We mean well! Its logo is the resemblance of―Nyansapo‖ a store of Knowledge as the Akan tradition signifies that teachers are intelligent folks. The pentagonal shape of the logo also shows the five administrative sectors of the association, which comprises Colleges in Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo (ASHBA), the three Northern Regions (ATTRICONS) Volta Region (Volta), Eastern and Greater Accra regions (EGA), Western and Central Region (WEC).