Scrap Teacher Trainees Feeding Allowance –Government Told

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The Executive Director for Africa Education Watch after the government announced to spend GH¢ 250 million on teacher trainees feeding budget has asked for that money to be used to recruit more teachers next academic year.

Mr Kofi Asare has on Monday 20th December 2021 suggested in a post on his official Facebook Page that the trainees in the various public Colleges of Education across the country are mature enough to cater for their feeding while in school and that government should cancel the allowance of teacher trainees so that more teachers can be employed.

“If I were an advisor to this gov’t, I would recommend that the GH¢ 250 million being spent on teacher trainees feeding allowance in 2022 be rather used to employ an extra 7,000 teachers,” the Education Policy Analyst stated.

Kofi Asare said that eventhough about 35,000 teachers left primary and JHS this academic year, the Government of Ghana is only able to recruit 16,000 by January 2022. According to the education think-tank, it is obvious that there are huge financial constraints on a sector with a GHC 1.4 billion financing gap plus COVID austerity.

“I will prioritize job creation over free food for adults”. He concluded.

In related development, teacher trainees have been lamenting on the delay in payment of their allowances.

Meanwhile, the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has been approved to recruit more than 16,000 newly trained teachers from government Colleges of Education (CoE) into service before December 31, 2021.

The 2021 academic year newly qualified teachers recruitment expected to end December this year follows a financial clearance granted to the Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum led Ministry of Education (MoE) by the Ministry of Finance.

GES in a press release said only new teachers who completed the College of Education in 2020, passed the Ghana teacher licensure examination and completed the mandatory national service will be considered for recruitment

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