Northern teacher trainees demonstrate

Some teacher trainees drawn from the three
Northern Regions on Thursday embarked on a peaceful demonstration in Tamale.

This was to protest against government’s
decision to withdraw allowances for teacher
trainees which according to them is their
hope of survival.

The angry teacher trainees clad in red
armbands combed through the principal
streets of Tamale and finally presented their
petition to the northern regional Minister’s
representative.

Citi Fm’s Mashoud Kombat reported that the
protesters took a swipe at government and
reiterated the need to rescind the decision of
scrapping the allowances.

Spokesperson for the protesters, Alhassan
Salifudeen Ibrahim hinted their endeavour to
continue with the protest till their concern is
addressed.

According to him, majority of teacher
trainees depended on the allowances to pay
their school fees.

With poor financial background, he said
majority of them will have to defer their
academic pursuit if government does not
rescind its decision.

In a related development, the Association of
Teacher Trainees in Colleges of Northern
Sector (ATTRICONS) has expressed its
disappointment in President John Dramani
Mahama for scrapping the allowances he
promised to increase when he was vice
President.

ATTRICONS in a petition to the President
reminded him of the promise he made when
they met him as then vice President in 2009
at the Castle.

The group kicked against the replacement of
the allowances with the students’ loan and
indicated that the two were incompatible.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/
citifmonline.com/Ghana

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