Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the brouhaha over who cancelled or restored the teacher and nursing trainees’ allowances should have been dead by now, particularly when the reason was to increase access to the training colleges.
“Teachers’ allowance we never cancelled; this thing should be gone by now. This is the last time I’ll be thinking about it. Cancelling means you’ve got everything and we came to take it away. Which we never did. You think loan scheme people continued to enjoy until they graduated. And we’ve never taken anything from them.’
According to Professor Opoku-Agyemang, allowances were replaced with student loan scheme for all trainees to enable the country to save some money to produce more teachers to meet the country’s growing need for trained teachers, saying the replacement of the allowance with student loan resulted in a situation where Ghana could produce 6000 trained teachers annually.
“These days the principal of the training colleges had no scope to admit more, and even if they did, the government would not be able to pay the fees if all eligible applicants were admitted. So, why aren’t we allowing for further preparation.
She spoke to some Tertiary students, National Democratic Congress officials and supporters, as well as some admirers at the Bolgatanga VAG Hall, to begin a two-day familiarization tour of the Upper East Region.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang visited the Bawku Naba, Zugran Abugragu Asigri Azoka, and visited the Pusiga Education College before meeting with market women in the municipality of Bolgatanga.
In her second day, she’ll visit the Kassena-Nankana Area before leaving the Upper East State.
The National Democratic Congress enjoys enviable support in the Upper East region for which cause, despite being new to many party leaders and supporters, Professor Opoku-Agyemang received a rousing welcome at the constituencies she visited on her arrival and first-day tour.