The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says the central government as part of an effort to promote teacher education has disbursed approximately GH¢241.9 million cedis for the payment of teacher trainees allowance.
This was disclosed in a speech read on behalf of the Education Minister by the Director of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, Professor Yahyra Dzakadzi, at the 14th Graduation of the Saint Monica’s College of Education at Asante Mampong.
“In addition, he also said 32.4 million have been released to cover Books and Research Allowances for eligible Senior members of public Tertiary Education Institutions, including Colleges of Education, for the 2022/2023 Academic Year.
This disbursement of teacher trainees allowance was first hinted at by Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum at the 14th Congregation, held for the first batch of degree holders in the Basic Education Programme by the Sefwi Wiawso College of Education.
In a speech read on his behalf at the Sefwi Wiawso College of Education Congregation, he said teacher trainee allowances for the 2022/23 academic year will soon hit the accounts of the 49 colleges of education across the country.
“The government, through the Ministry of Education, has approved Two Hundred and Forty-One Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand Cedis (241,913,000 Cedis) for the payment of 2022/2023 teacher trainee allowances,” the speech said.
In a related development, Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has assured the teacher trainee allowance paid to students in public teacher training colleges will be permanent under President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration.
“The teacher trainee allowance will be permanent under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government,” Dr Mahamudu Bawumia told the leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) at a meeting.
Speaking to Dr Bawumia, the TTAG leadership said the restoration of the trainee allowance has cushioned many students in the public teacher training colleges citing that the intervention by the government is “an unforgettable legacy.”