Untrained Teachers Call For Govt Support

Untrained teachers pursuing diplomas in Basic Education at the Tumu College of Education, have appealed to government to subsidize the cost of their training fees to enable more teachers apply for the programme.

They argue that the GHc1,300 which they are required to pay annually as fees is far beyond their income levels.

According to them, there are many untrained teachers in remote areas of the region who are willing to undergo training but are unable to benefit from the programme due to the high cost of the fees.

According to Citi News’ correspondent, Latif Mahama, the president of the untrained teachers at the Tumu College, Benjamin Tenga made this appeal on behalf of his colleagues.

He noted that if they are supported, it will aid government to effectively address teacher deficit in the northern sector of the country.

The principal of the college, Morrow Isahako was however of the opinion that the fees being charged for their programme are suitable as compared to other universities running the same programme.

“The University of Cape Coast and Winniba are also running the same programmes but if you compare our fees to theirs, ours is lower and the difference is that ours is a residential programme and theirs is not. Our students have to be fed and pay some token for the use of our facilities,” he said.

According to the correspondent, about 306 students are expected to complete the second cohort of the untrained teachers and diploma programme at the college this year.

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