Principals of Colleges of Education in Ghanaare having a hard time feeding college students in the face of price hikes and delayed disbursement of trainees allowance.
As feeding situation has become critical in the Colleges of Education across the country and PRINCOF has written an emotional letter seeking permission from the Honorable Education Minister to allow them ask college students to fend for themselves.
Read the letter below 👇
REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO ASK STUDENTS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO FEND FOR
I write on behalf of the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF), to seek your approval for Principals to ask students to fend for themselves effective Monday November 7, 2022.
Principals of Colleges of Education have been trying really very hard to feed trainee teachers in recent times as a result of current market trends. Prices of all food items have shot up astronomically, and food suppliers have refused to supply any food items to Colleges because of the indebtedness of Colleges to these suppliers. A request for an upward review of the feeding grant paid to Principals has not been approved, and it has therefore become increasingly difficult for Principals to continue to provide three meals a day to students at Six Cedis, Fifty Pesewas (C6.50).
In the light of the above, it is the wish of PRINCOF to be given permission to ask students to start fending for themselves. This is to ensure that the already stretched academic year is not disrupted.
Counting very much on your approval.
Dr. Harriet Naki Amui
(Executive Secretary- PRINCOF)
Teacher trainees however do not find this news welcoming. They also cited high cost of living as one of the reasons why feeding should continue unabated.
Read the letter here👇
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO ASK STUDENTS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES.
The leadership has taken due cognizance of the release from the outfit of the National Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) dated 31st October, 2022 referenced PS/COE31/22 on the above subject.
Without mincing words, we, the TTAG would want to state that, feeding of teacher trainees should continue unabatedly. It is imperative to add that the leadership has fervently, in the past and presently tabled before the actors for and on behalf of government as well as other stakeholders on the dire need for an upward review and the consistent release of the feeding fee to the colleges of education especially in these times of hikes in prices of food items.
We wish to appeal to the Ministry of Education and GTEC as well as our other stakeholders to expedite steps in addressing this issue and subsequently the release of funds for the payment of outstanding months of trainees allowances.
Consequently, as a leadership who are willful and ever ready to champion the interest of student teachers, we want to entreat our dear constituents to exercise calm as we actively engage stakeholders on this for a soothing headway to prevent the obstruction of academic works and subsequently the academic calendar of colleges of education.
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However, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education has responded to the matter assuring the general public that Ghana Tertiary Education Council and the Education Ministry are working to resolve the issue. This he shared on his Facebook wall.
Read full Facebook post here👇
On Princoff’s request for permission to ask students in Colleges of Education to fend for themselves…..
GTEC is working through the MoE to resolve the funding challenge.
Ministry of Finance is equally aware of the urgency of the situation and is working very swiftly to resolve all outstanding financial obligations/commitments.
The public is hereby assured of our commitment to work with all relevant institutions to resolve any disruption within the food supply chain in our Colleges of Education even ahead of the November 7th ultimatum.
Ministry of Education.