Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana
A couple of weeks ago, the principal of St Vincent College of Education in Yendi sacked over 70 students per a directive from the Executive Secretary for the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE). The directive was that, all unqualified students must be withdrawn from the colleges forthwith. According to the principal of the college, Dr. Erasmus Nario Multi, although they admitted students who had D7, the students were informed of the consequences they could face if they do not better their grades with respect to core subjects.
Some of the students wrote private examination to fill the potholes but those who couldn’t bought the key to their own exit. Speaking with campusnewsgh.com, the PRO for the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana, Mr. Adade Ernest Kwame made it clear that, a letter has been issued from TTAG to the principal of the St Vincent College of Education to refund all monies paid by affected students who have been victimized due to the directive of the NCTE with an ultimatum of a week: Friday, the 9th of March to Friday, the 16th of March 2018.
Per our consultations and interactions with the affected students and after critical scrutiny of both receipts and admission letters of the affected students indicates that they were admitted after the admission requirements were released by the NCTE,’ he added. He also said the TTAG leadership will make an appeal to the Ministry of Education, National Council for Tertiary Education and all other relevant stakeholders to reconsider their decision on the affected students and give them the opportunity to better their results this year since the principal violated the regulations and the admission process.
Historically, teacher trainees organized agitations in 1970’s and early 1980’s on grounds of fair treatment and recognition both by the government and college authorities. It is on record that in 1970’s, trainees organized meetings to petition the government when they felt uncertainty on their status and qualification. Again there was a similar agitation for the recognition of teacher trainees allowances in the early 1980’s.
However many beneficiaries afterwards had a deep seated conviction about what a union of teacher trainees could do for its members and the nation at large. Many were of the view that, even though the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) existed, their focus was more on issues affecting university students. Many agreed that, teacher trainees need an association for the benefit of cooperation as expected in every human endeavor and some trainees welcomed the idea as a very important tool whiles others were indifferent about the decision. This agitation led to the birth of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) on the 3rd of February 1996 at the Presbyterian college of education in Eastern Region with the motto,’ A Model for Development.
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Source: campusnewsgh/ Fuseini Inusah Akonsi