The Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) has called on the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to restore teacher training allowance in their first 100 days in office. Restoration of the teacher training allowance was a key campaign promise by the NPP before the 2016 election.
Speaking OTECNEWS’ Nana Ama Agyemang on Thursday 15 December, the president of the coalition, King Ali Awudu, said teachers voted for the NPP to restore the allowances and believe in the party’s capacity to do so within the first three months of assuming office.
“In the process of their campaign they said a whole lot of things, which we bought into and voted for them massively. One of the key things they used was the teacher training allowance. They told us emphatically that they were going to restore the teacher training allowance.
At the time that they were telling us that they would restore the allowance, the outgoing government, led by John Dramani Mahama, was also telling us that if it is the teacher training allowance that he needs to restore in order to gain power then he will lose it, and indeed he has lost it.
So what it means is that we have voted for the NPP massively. If you monitored the polls you would realise that in almost all the 38 teacher training colleges, NPP won. So what we are saying is that as soon as they resume office from 7 January, at least within 100 days, we should see the restoration of the teacher training allowance,” he said.
The teachers also tasked the incoming administration to cancel what they termed the ‘three months’ pay policy.