The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has contested claims by the governing Party suggesting that Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang cancelled teacher trainee allowances when she was the Education Minister under the erstwhile Mahama government.
According to the NDC, the assertions by the New Patriotic Party is utter falsehood and should be disregarded.
Few hours after Professor Opoku-Agyemang was announced as the NDC’s running mate for the December 2020 elections, The NPP held a presser in Accra to suggest she was unfit for the job.
The Communications Director for the party, Yaw Buaben Asamoah who addressed the press conference detailed a number of “political” flaws about the Professor including the cancellation of the teacher trainee allowances, her signing of a petition for the release of the Montie trio, among others.
But, speaking at press conference in Accra Wednesday, National Communications Officer for the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi described the allegation as false.
He explained that the decision to repeal the teacher trainee allowance policy was a cabinet decision and not the decision of the then sector minister.
Justifying the decision, Mr Gyamfi indicated that it was aimed at eliminating the inequality among students at the tertiary level, a decision he said the former President took responsibility for.
“The NDC has noted the desperate fabircations being peddled by the New Patriotic Party about the sterling record of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as Minister of Education.
“They claim that Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang cancelled teacher trainee allowance. It’s false. The decision to replace the teacher trainee allowance with students loan was a cabinet decision and not a ministerial decision,” he said.
“As you may be aware, the erstwhile Mahama government, to ensure an equality among tertiary students converted allowances for teacher trainees into student loans in order to abolish the dreaded quota system of admissions into colleges of education and increase enrolment and teaching opportunities for the youth of this country. As such, students who did not receive allowances got their loans under this policy,” he explained.
“This was a decision President Mahama himself took responsibility for. This policy which was not properly understood by many was exploited by then candidate Akufo-Addo and the NPP for cheap political capital and electoral gain with the promise that they will restore the allowances if elected,” he intimated.