God will punish you for cancelling trainee allowance-Donkor to Mahama, Jane
Founder of Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor has invoked curses on former President John Dramani Mahama and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Ahyemang saying God will punish them for scrapping teacher training allowance when they were in government.
The two she suggested treated teachers badly and teacher trainees with disrespect and did not evaluate the negative impact of their decision carefully before scrapping the allowance.
The unlettered female politician said although the two were taught by teachers and gained recognition, they failed to recognise the role of teachers when they assumed office.
Madam Akua Donkor was of the view that Ghanaians will teach the NDC a bitter lesson at the polls for what they did to teachers in the past.
She is promising to provide affordable housing for teachers and better remuneration should she wins the presidential election and be sworn in on January 7, 2021.
Last week, the NDC came to the defence of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang saying the decision to scrap the teacher training allowance was a presidential or cabinet decision and not entirely that of the former minister.
“The decision to replace Teacher Trainee Allowance with students loan was a cabinet decision and not a ministerial decision,” the NDC’s National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said in Accra at their weekly press briefings last week.
At a press conference to respond to claims by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) that Professor Opoku-Agyemang, then Minister of Education in the Mahama administration, Mr Gyamfi said this was one of the many “desperate fabrications” being peddled by the NPP about her sterling record as a minister.
He said instead of the full restoration of the allowances as was promised by President Akufo-Addo and the NPP, it was being done partially and in an erratic manner which had resulted in four months arrears since February.
“With Professor Naana as Vice President of the Republic, teacher trainees can trust that, the obnoxious Licensure Examination and nuisance National Service policy, which are convenient excuses for the Akufo-Addo-government’s unwillingness and inability to employ teachers, will be cancelled and more importantly, automatic recruitment of teacher trainee graduates restored,” Mr Gyamfi said.