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The Mampong Technical College of
Education in the Ashanti region has
been closed down over fears that
more than 200 students who failed
Elective Maths may be planning to
burn down the school.
The students risk being sacked after
they failed the compulsory paper and
also failed to take advantage of a re-
In response, the students went on a
rampage Monday. Some threw stones
at school facilities destroying 19
One student has been arrested,
Ashanti regional correspondent
Erastus Asare Donkor told Joy News.
School authorities also picked up
intelligence, the angry students were
planning to set the school buses on
Police advised the school authorities
to close down the school, a
recommendation which was promptly
adhered to. The school was closed
The students were under the
impression that the Elective Maths
course was not mandatory and that
they had option of choosing and
sitting courses in General and
But the University of Cape Coast to
which the College of Education is
affiliated had scrapped the options
available to the students and made
Elective Mathematics a compulsory
Failure required that the students re-
sit the paper or repeat their Level.
About 261 students did not re-sit the
paper when the opportunity came.
The rule governing examination is
that “you don’t carry a referral from
one level to another level” a school
exams administrator Francis told Joy
The students do not understand why
they are being compelled to do
Elective Maths when they had
pysched themselves to pursue the
Faced with the prospect of getting
sacked, the students violently
protested leading to the closure of
Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel
Okudzeto Ablakwa says continuing students at
the Colleges of Education are not affected by
the decision to withdraw allowances paid to
Mr. Ablakwa, therefore, described as factually
incorrect, the claim that the policy has been
His comment is in response to the threat by
teacher trainees in the Ashanti and Brong
Ahafo Regions to wear red arm armbands
from Monday, to protest the decision to
withdraw the allowance, which they say, is
their source of survival on campus.
“The Teacher Trainee allowance is the only
reason why teachers allow themselves to be
bonded which always sentence them to living
in the remotest and deprived corners of the
country,” Sector president, Asanzero John
Abotisun told journalists.
The Leadership of the Teacher Trainees
Association of Ghana (TTAG) is also asking
trainees in both regions to boycott classes on
Tuesday until government gives them a
But speaking to Joy News, Mr. Ablakwa said
withdrawal of the policy is not applicable to
continuing students but to those who have
been newly admitted to the Colleges of
Education this year.
“The policy has not been scrapped, continuing
students will still be receiving their
allowances until they graduate,” Mr. Ablakwa
He said the quota system which had been in
existence for almost three decades, has
become inimical to the progress of teacher
education hence the decision to remove it.
He said government has increased the
allocation for the Students Loan Trust “so
that they will have enough to support the
teacher trainees” who require financial
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
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
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
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/
Accra, Jan. 11, GNA –
The National Council of Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) , on Wednesday threatened to embark on a strike if Government fail to ensure the swift passage of the Colleges of Education Bill by Friday, January 20.
“If pragmatic actions are not taken to pass the bill, we would not be in a position to offer our services, notice of our intentions has been communicated to the various stakeholders,“ the group indicated.
Reverend Francis Kusi-Ababio, Chairman of CETAG, at a press conference, organized by the group in Accra on Wednesday, said the decision was taken by the Executive Council, following failed efforts to interact with the Minister of Education on the issue.
The Council registered what it described as the displeasure of government’s deliberate delay in the passage of the bill to give Colleges of Education the legal framework to operate as full tertiary institutions.
It said: “Our members are highly displeased because of the anxiety, frustration and low morale currently prevailing in the working atmosphere in the Colleges of Education and it can have negative implications on educational development in the country.”
Rev. Kusi-Ababio said “Letters or reminders written to her office on this issue have not been acknowledged, so we will no longer wait before taking the necessary action”.
He said though Government had promised to pass the bill before the end of 2011, nothing was done to fulfil the pledge and that the Council had still not received any indication that the bill would be passed when Parliament resumes sitting this year. Rev. Kusi-Ababio called on Government to take immediate action to prevent any negative consequence in the delay of the passage of the bill to developmental efforts in the country.
The Bill was laid before Parliament about two years ago, in accordance with the Education Act of 2008(Act 778), which provided the mandate for the 38 Public Teacher Training Colleges in the country to be upgraded to tertiary status and offer diploma certificates.
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