Scrapping Allowances For Trainee Teachers Will Produce Quality Teachers—Education Minister
The Minister of Education, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang has reaffirmed government’s commitment to scrap the allowances for teacher trainee despite concerns from teacher education unions across the country.
‘We don’t want people to go into colleges of education because there is free money and we don’t want people to go into colleges of education because it is just a stop gap and then when they get something better they leave but we want people to come here because teaching is a good profession,’ Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang stated.
There have been reports that enrollment figures into the training colleges have gone down after government took the decision but according to the minister, government’s decision still holds.
Citi News’ correspondent in the Upper west region Mahama Latif in an interview with the minister said, the minister argued that contrary to the reasons given by the education unions, available statistics indicate that scrapping the teacher trainee allowance, would re-position colleges of education in the country to function properly in their core mandate of training quality teachers.
‘The statistics tell us differently, we heard from the college of education in Tumu for example that last year they were able to admit 160 and this year they were able to admit 300 students. So what we are trying to do is to remove the bottlenecks that made it impossible for students to be admitted’ she said.
She indicated that although the allowances have been scrapped, ‘the students would have access to the students’ loans like their colleagues in other tertiary institutions.’
She also admonished teacher training students in the country to look beyond monetary gains but spend time in their training to improve the fallen standards in the country.
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