Government allocates GH¢171,241,500 for payment of Trainee Teachers Allowance for 2020/2021 academic year

Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Member of Parliament for Suame Constituency who doubles as the Honourable Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Majority Leader & Leader of Government Business on Friday, March 12, 2021 presented the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2021 Financial Year under the theme “Economic Revitalisation through Completion, Consolidation & Continuity”.

The News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal (CoEWJ) monitored the proceedings from the chamber of Ghana’s parliament and reports.

Reading the budget on the floor of parliament, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated that “Mr. Speaker, to make Colleges of Education freely accessible to all eligible students and train teachers to drive quality education provision, an amount of GH¢78,857,120 was disbursed to a total of 47,135 teacher trainees in all public Colleges of Education for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year. In 2021, an amount of GH¢171,241,500 will be paid for the first and second semesters of the 2020/2021 academic year”.

In a related development, the President, H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, March 09, 2021 presented to parliament the State of the Nation Address. The President in his address also highlighted issues on teacher education and professional development of teachers.

The President in his address stated that “I acknowledge that the teacher is at the centre of every reform in the field of education. Prioritising the welfare of teachers remains a key objective of Government. After the restoration of teacher training allowances, Government is now paying professional allowances to both teaching and non-teaching staff. I am happy to announce that Government is facilitating the acquisition of two hundred and eighty thousand laptops for members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concern Teachers (CCT) this year. Moving forward, the Minister for Education will soon detail an action plan for the implementation of the National Teacher Policy”.

Pending any last minute hitches, Parliament is expected to pass the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2021 Financial Year by the end of March 2021 after thorough scrutiny. This therefore implies that trainee teachers across the 46 public Colleges of Education will need to exercise more patience as they anticipate the payment of their monthly stipends.

The News Desk will keep you posted on any latest development regarding the payment of the trainee teachers allowance.

Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal

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