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Teacher trainees unhappy paying for utility bills

Teachers to strike May 31The leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG), has registered its discontent with regards to principals who consistently extort monies from teacher trainees in the name of utility bills.

A statement signed by Tagbor Sampson, the President TTAG, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Government had on countless platforms made it obvious that students of tertiary institutions, for that matter teacher trainees, should not be burdened with the payment of utilities.

It said the position of government was affirmed again in a meeting at the Ministry of Education on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, between the Ministry of Education, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Water Company Limited, VC Ghana, Ministry of Finance, the National Union of Ghana Students, Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students, the National Conference of Principals of Teacher Training Colleges, and the TTAG.

“We, therefore, respectfully appeal to the authorities of our tertiary institutions, especially, colleges of education, to desist from charging utility bills in the coming academic year (2016/2017) since it is illegal and a violation of government’s directives.

“We again passionately appeal to principals to desist from harassing our people over the payment of utilities and to also refund monies for those who have been compelled to pay,” the statement said It called on all trainees to put in much effort in their academic work as they prepare for the impending end of second semester examination.

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