Following the government’s announcement to spend GH 250 million on teacher trainees’ meal budget, Africa Education Watch’s Executive Director requested that the money be utilized to hire additional teachers for the coming academic year.
Mr. Kofi Asare, in a post on his official Facebook page on Monday, December 20, 2021, suggested that trainees in various public colleges of education across the country are mature enough to provide for their own food while in school and that the government should abolish the allowance for teacher trainees so that more teachers can be hired.
“If I were an adviser to this government, I would urge that the GH 250 million set aside for teacher trainees’ eating allowance in 2022 be utilized to hire an additional 7,000 teachers,” the Education Policy Analyst said.
Even though nearly 35,000 teachers departed elementary and secondary schools last academic year, Ghana’s government would only be able to hire 16,000 teachers by January 2022, according to Kofi Asare. According to the education think tank, a sector with a GHC 1.4 billion budget imbalance and COVID austerity is bound to face severe financial restrictions.
“I’ll put job creation ahead of free food for grownups.” He came to a conclusion.
In a similar incident, teacher trainees have complained about the delay in receiving their stipends.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has been given permission to hire nearly 16,000 freshly educated teachers from government Colleges of Education (CoE) by December 31, 2021.
The Ministry of Finance has given the Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum-led Ministry of Education (MoE) financial approval to hire freshly trained teachers for the 2021 academic year, which is anticipated to finish in December this year.
GES in a press release said only new teachers who completed the College of Education in 2020, passed the Ghana teacher licensure examination and completed the mandatory national service will be considered for recruitment.