The NDC communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi has revealed that the annulment of the teacher training allowance by the former Education Minister now running mate for John Mahama was a presidential decision not from her Ministry.
The Communications Officer speaking at a press conference in Accra today July 8 said the claim by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) – that Prof Opoku-Agyemang “annulled teacher trainee allowance is not true, the decision was a cabinet decision and not a ministerial decision”.
Following the appointment of the former Education Minister as the running mate for the flag bearer many Ghanaians particularly the NPP have criticized his competency, saying that should the NDC gain power in 2021 the Mahama administration will repeatedly cancel the teacher-trainee allowance.
Also, members of the concerned Teacher and Trainee Nurses Association has called on their colleagues to vote against her because she is a threat to their allowance which was duly restored by President Akufo-Addo after he won the Presidential election in 2016.
Mr. Sammy Gyamfi reacting to the accusation against Prof Opoku-Agyemang said former President John Dramani Mahama takes full responsibility for annulling the allowance, consequently, the NPP propaganda against the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, has no base.
He noted that the NPP deceived Ghanaians when they said they will fully restore the allowance.
“The sad reality today is that instead of the full restoration of the allowance as was promised by President Akufo-Addo and the NPP, teacher trainees are being served with a partial restoration of the allowances which is being paid in a rather very erratic manner and for only eight months instead of 12 months as was the case before the convention,” said Mr Gyamfi.
He continued: “In fact, our checks this morning shows that the Akufo-Addo government hasn’t paid teacher trainees since February 2020 and so the allowances they claim to have restored is currently in arrears for over four months.
“To add insult to injury, the Akufo-Addo government has increased the school fees of teacher trainees and introduced feeding fees which used to be free under the Mahama government. Worse of it all is the abolishment of the automatic employment of teachers and the introduction of a needless licensure exam…”