The Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) has slammed the Ministry of Education for claiming that it has released a total of GH¢50,532,000 this year, for the payment of feeding grants for Colleges of Education throughout the country.
The trainees last week picketed at the Ministry of Education demanding for the release of their unpaid feeding grants over the last three semesters.
However, a release from the Ministry after the picketing made claims that government had paid the above quoted figure.
The statement said, the Ministry had noted that a request for the outstanding half of the feeding grant for second semester of the 2015/26 academic year, has been made to the Ministry of Finance.
Meanwhile, TTAG in a rejoinder has described the claims by the Ministry as false and unfortunate.
According to them, it sounds strange that government will make claims that payment has already been made when in actual fact they [TTAG] are yet to receive their grant.
Acting president of TTAG Apam Jonathan in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, this will prevent over 60% of trainees from writing their exams since they are indebted to their principals.
They have therefore asked that the payment is made to save them the stress.
Below is their rejoinder:
RE: PAYMENT OF FEEDING GRANTS TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION
I refer to a press release from the ministry of Education dated 28th December, 2016 to write this rejoinder about the payment of feeding grant to Colleges of Education.
It is unfortunate that, the content of the said subject matter is not trustworthy, deceptive, and unreliable and above all a cover up.
This stern to the fact that;
1. The Vice President of the republic of Ghana made same claim on the 19th October, 2016 and yet that release is nowhere to be found.
2. The press release doesn’t answer the question of the where about of the fifty million Ghana cedis(50,000,000) released for the payment of feeding grant arrears.
3.The said press release is only a cover up to divert the public attention from the truth since after the release, we in the teacher trainees leadership have done all the necessary checks from the appropriate quarters and the money has since not gotten to the Colleges accounts.
Finally, we are calling on the government as a matter of urgency to take the necessary steps within its few days left to pay us the money to avoid the situation where trainees will be prevented from writing their end of semester examination.
ADAMA ALHASSAN MOHAMMED APAM JONATHAN
(AG.GENERAL SECRETARY) (AG.PRESIDENT)
(PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER)