Ghana Losing 3,000 Teachers Annually Because of Allowances – Former Minister
Former Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Murtala Ibrahim, has alleged that the country is losing over 3,000 teachers annually due to the reintroduction of teacher trainee allowance by the government.
He explained that the introduction of the teacher trainee allowance by NPP led Akufo-Addo administration also cut down the number of qualified students for admission into the training colleges.
He said government in a haste to fulfill campaign promise brought back the trainees teacher allowances including quota system that would aimed at reducing the number of students intake per training college.
It would be remembered that during the 2016 electioneering campaign, the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to restore both teacher and nursing training allowances when voted into government whiles the National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaigned on access and expansion of educational infrastructure across the country.
Ghanaians were bought into the juicy message of restoration of allowance and free Senior High School by the NPP.
The former Deputy Minister of Trade was speaking at a pro NDC forum organized by the Coalition for Restoration [CFO] in Accra on Tuesday.
Hon. Murtala revealed that the country has a deficit of 38,000 of nurses only 1,600 were given admission across the country in the 2017-18 academic year.
According to him, government budgeted for Gh 400 million for the implementation of Free Senior High School and feeding allowance but shoots up to Gh 500 million.
Giving his punches on the 2018 budget, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central, Hon. Isaac Adongo accused the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Ernest Addison and Finance Minister, hon. Ken Ofori Attah of manipulating figures to deceive Ghanaian public.
Story: Iddrissu A. Jara