The Presidential vice candidate for the opposition NDC admitting the cancellation of the allowance explained that “there was the need to scrap the payment of allowances and replace it with the loan because the Training Colleges were upgraded into Tertiary Institutions and therefore had to be put on the student’s Loan Trust fund for Tertiary Students.
According to her, the decision was to create room for an increased enrollment in the various Teacher Training Colleges across the country; a feat which was achieved during the year in which they introduced the loans in place of the allowances.
Professor Jane Naana said although the then Mahama administration introduced the loan scheme instead of the allowances, the allowances of the students who were already taking them were not cancelled but were paid in full until they left school.
She said the new entrants who were enrolled later and were in their first year of Tertiary Education were therefore put on the loan scheme and were treated like how Tertiary Students of Universities across the country.
Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang said she was shocked that the NPP lied and peddled falsehood about the allowances and created the impression that students who were already taking their allowances were not been paid.
She said several lies and adjectives were used to describe the move which to her was the best at the time considering the fact that the Teacher Training Colleges had been upgraded by the government and the students were going to take a similar certificate as the students of the University of Education, Winneba.
According to her when the allowances were replaced by the student loan, it helped to increase enrollment from 9,000 students across the country to 15,000 students intake during that year; an indication that scrapping the allowance was ideal.
The Presidential vice candidate tasked the media to research on the number of intake and the kind of allowances been paid to the students after the NPP promised them to restore the allowances.