The Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) has expressed gratitude to the government of Ghana and stakeholders for their swift response in relation to the feeding allowance of teacher trainees.
The principals said in a letter dated April 19 and addressed to the Education Minister that teacher trainees will from May 9, 2022, provide meals for themselves due to the government’s failure to release the feeding allowance of the trainees which subsequently led to the inability of the colleges to pay food suppliers.
Ahead of May 9, PRINCOF said it will provide trainees with breakfast and supper only from April 23 to April 30 and from May 1 to May 8 provide the trainees with lunch only until the government pays the feeding allowance.
On Wednesday, April 20, the Minister for Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum announced the government has released 67 million cedis for payment of some of the arrears.
The Ministry of Education later explained that the amount released covers arrears for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Reacting to the news in an interview on Eyewitness News, Dr Emmanuel Nyamekye, the national President of the PRINCOF said “We are very grateful. I want to use the opportunity to thank His Excellency the President, the sector minister, the Minister for Finance and the Director-General for GTEC for the swift response to the concerns of PRINCOF and we think that it will go a long way to alleviate the challenges we had to grapple with in the last couple of months”.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini