Trainee teachers in the various Colleges of Education across the country, will soon have to fend for themselves.
The Conference of Principals of Colleges Education (PRINCOF) wants trainee teachers to start fending for themselves, as it says government’s GHS6.50ps is no longer adequate to cover the feeding of the trainees.
A letter dated Monday, 31 October 2022, addressed to the Minister of Education and signed by the Executive Secretary PRINCOF, Dr Harriet Naki Amui, sought permission on the matter.
“I write on behalf of the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education to seek your approval for principals to ask students to fend for themselves effective November 7 2022,” it said.
According to the letter, the Principals of the various colleges have been trying hard to feed trainee teachers as a result of current market trends.
The letter disclosed that: “A request for an upward review of the feeding grant paid to Principals has not been approved, and it has therefore become increasingly difficult for Principals to continue to provide three meals a day to students at six cedis fifty pesewas (GHS6.50ps).
“It is the wish of PRINCCOF to be given permission to ask students to start fending for themselves.”
It explained that: “This is to ensure that the already stretched academic year is not disrupted.”