Teacher-Trainees across the 46 public Colleges of Education in the country will commence examination to end the 2018/2019 academic year.
Many trainees will however be denied opportunity to take part in the compulsory exams due to non-payment fees.
This fees comprises of examination fees and and school fees which can affect their academics and hence withdrawal.
Findings in some colleges of Education, particularly, the Tamale College of Education (TACE) reveals a cross section of the students.
Both level 200 and level 100 students all still owes the College huge sums of money hence, they may be denied the opportunity to partake in the exams.
In an interview with some of the affected students at the Tamele College of Education, (TACE), they expressed concerns.
They expressed concerns on the matter and blamed government and the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) for the problem.
According to them, government and the Students Loon Trust Fund (SLTF) has delayed the payment of the teacher trainees monthly allowance which bas resulted in their inability to pay their examination and school fees for this semester.
Interview with the teacher trainees
The students explained to TWJ’s TACB Campus correspondent; Adam Abdul-Fatawu Wunizoyo, that, government and the management of the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTI’) have not paid trainees their monthly allowances for the past four months but parents thought they have been paid and so refused to give them the money when they requested for it.
They stated that because of the restoration oi the Trainees Allowance by the government.
some parents have become reluctant in giving out money to them when they also because they believe they are being given allowance every month.
“I called my father more than 3 times about this examination fees, but anytime I called, he talks about the trainees’ allowance, meanwhile, we have not been paid” one student said.
“Family and friends members who extend a helping hood when we are in need also think we have been paid allowance, so when you call them and ask for money, they don’t mind you” another student staled
Students are gripped with the fear of being sacked from the schools for failure to write the End of Semester Examination, and ere therefore calling on the government and the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) to intervene.
Some students are of the view that, it is high time the government cancel the payment of the teacher trainees allowance if it cannot fulfill its promise and allow parents to take up the responsibility.