The issue of teacher trainees feeding grant arrears has been finally put to rest as the Ministry of Finance has released their feeding grant arrears of over 62 million Cedis to them. There had been threats and agitations from the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) over arrears for teacher trainees. The Union had warned government of a possible protest if the arrears were not paid.
In the past, teacher trainees have been mandated to pay utility bills against their wish. These led to an outcry by the trainees over the unfavourable living conditions they have found themselves as government was reluctant to negotiate with the sector.
Also, government had said it will substitute their trainee allowances with feeding grants to feed them three times daily, but it was never implemented.
However, government has decided to take positive actions on the matter with its recent provision of over GHC 62,000,000 for their grant arrears which will soon be paid the trainees.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Education Ministry, Francis Gbadago who spoke to Citi News on the issue has commended the school management and trainees of the colleges for their patience throughout the trying times.
“The Ministry of Education wishes to confirm that an amount of GHC62.7 million has been released to the Ghana Education Trust Fund for onward disbursement to the various public colleges of education. This particular amount is supposed to take care of the arrears of the feeding grants for teacher trainees across the country so we expect that the accounts of the colleges of education will be credited in the next few days after which principals will reimburse all teacher trainees across the country.”
However, he explained that the delay in payment of grants occur mostly due to the long protocol involved in its processing.