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Trainee allowances invested in infrastructure – Hon. Ablakwa

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister in charge Tertiary Education has indicated the money that would have spent on paying teacher trainee allowances has been invested in infrastructure in the colleges of education across the country.

The savings have been used to build laboratories, lecture theatres, auditoriums and libraries in the colleges. Mr. Ablakwa said the infrastructure expansion has increased enrolment in training colleges by 63.8 percent.

The government replaced the teachers’ allowances with student loans, and this has saved the it 12 million cedis monthly to improve educational infrastructure across the country.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of students of the Agogo Presbyterian Girls College of Education, he said enrolment in colleges which was 9,000 before government introduced the policy has now increased to over 15,000 in one academic year.

Hon. Ablakwa refuted rumours that the Ministry has approved a licensing regime for teachers. He stated that the Ministry is awaiting the consolidated Education Service Act to be passed before the regime will be approved.

"And I also want to respond to some rumours making rounds that because you have become a tertiary institution we are about to cancel also the automatic absorption of all graduates from the Colleges of Education, please be kindly informed that those rumours are unfounded," he asserted.

VIAM Africa centre for Education and Social policy have backed the government policy. The organisation urged government to invest the savings made from the allowance in infrastructural development in the colleges.

VIAM Africa recently called on government to disclose how it invested the monies accrued from the scrapping of the allowances.





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