In a press release signed by NUGS President, Paa-Quecy Adu and copied to News Ghana, he stressed that Teacher Trainees are struggling with their academic work since most of them had to use their meager upkeep money to pay for feeding fee as charged by the College Authorities.
“The Government promised to release feeding grants to the Authorities of the Colleges of Education to be used to feed the teacher trainees. However, it is regrettable to state that since 2014/2015 academic year, the current levels 100, 200 and 300 Teacher Trainees’ feeding fees have not been paid.”
The release went on further to state that, “As at now, three separate academic semesters’ Feeding fees are unpaid summing up to GHC 1,620 per trainee. This applies to the over 48,000 teacher trainees across the nation.’
These teacher Trainees, NUGS said, have needs such as books and other academic materials to take care of hence the pressure on them and that it is instructive to note that the teacher trainees can no longer contain this and NUGS stands unflinchingly with them.
“The leadership of NUGS wishes to send this message to the Government of Ghana to as a matter of necessity, refund these monies to the Teacher Trainees as soon as April 2016. It is important to state clearly that Government’s inability to do this will force the students to take whatever means necessary to ensure that the teacher trainees feeding fees that are in arrears are refunded accordingly and timely.”
It said, NUGS have run out of patience and all it needs is a Refund of the feeding fees.
“Do not tell us stories or explanations, we need results and we need it NOW. NUGS will not rest until the Refund to Teacher Trainees is dealt with accordingly.”