The Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PrinCof) has said that the decision by Teacher Trainees to request a refund of their feeding fee during the COVID-19 break can only materialize if the trainees are willing to forgo GH¢200 allowances they took from the Students Loan Trust Fund (STLF) during the same period.
The leadership of PrinCof made this revelation to the leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) in a meeting between both parties as carried by EducationGhana’s Ellis Ferdinand on 30th March,2021.
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On 30th of March,2021, A team of the five Sector Presidents, the National Coordinator, National Secretary and National President engaged the leadership of Princorf with other principals being present.
After thorough deliberations, this was the outcome:
- Princorf is of the view that the money paid for feeding is not for students but rather colleges for feeding. The rightful money to students is from the Student loan trust fund.
The allowance restoration was fought for by the Principals
- If students want a refund of the feeding component, they (Princorf) will also write to the student loan trust fund to reduce the 200cedis for the reason that we don’t also spend the whole time doing academic work.
Princorf is also saying that they’re not accountable to students for the feeding component but rather GTEC. Stating a scenario that if your father gives you money to feed your younger siblings, and you fail to do so who will you account to?
Princorf stated that if GTEC that is in charge of the feeding component disbursement directs them to disburse the monies to students, they would do so.
TTAG leadership asked that Princorf provided them with a document of their stance which was declined. Princorf however suggested both parties sign a document stating that what belongs to principals goes to principals and students goes to students.
Also, Princorf stated that if students want the refund, then TTAG should sign a document with Princorf stating that Princorf will write to student loan to reduce the money due them this the 200cedis since they don’t also spend on the time on campus and TTAG also writes to GTEC for the feeding component.
The TTAG leadership declined this agreement.
TTAG’s Meeting with GTEC
The leadership of TTAG took it upon itself to engage the Director-General of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, GTEC Prof Salifu during the formal introduction on the issue.
He stated the leadership of TTAG should first engage Princorf then if there’s any feedback let’s get back to GTEC. He however shared in the sentiments we raised stating that this time around the money should be refunded since it’s understandable.
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