The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has downplayed what it termed as fallacies peddled by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run up to the 2020 elections.
In a speech read by the party’s National Communication Officer, Comrade Sammy Gyamfi said the announcement of the Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman has sent shiver down the spine of the ruling party, saying, they can not match the impeccable performance of the professor hence the fallacies peddled against her.
Mr. Gyamfi who disclosed this on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the sixth edition of the party’s weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Accra said Professor Naana Jane Opoku_Agyeman did not cancel the teacher_trainee allowances since it was within her domain.
He said that decision was a cabinet decision and not a ministirial one.
According to him, the ruling party could not match what he described as impeccable performances in the education sector under the supervision of Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman hence their decision to resort to desperate fabrications about the sterling record of the Professor as a Minister of Education.
He said at a poorly assembled press conference by the Director of Communication of the ruling party to denigrate the personality of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman after her announcement was just a sign of fear that the announcement had brought to them.
He further disclosed that the NDC wouldn’t have responded to what he termed as blatant falsehood which he said offers no value to the development of the country but just wish to set the records straight.
He observed that the government of the erstwhile Mahama government in its bid to ensure equity and quality among tertiary students, converted allowances for teacher trainees into student loans in order to abolish the quota system of admission into Colleges of Education to increase enrollment as well as creating teaching opportunities for the youth.
He indicated that the policy was misunderstood by the then candidate Akufo Addo and hence exploited same for electoral fortune with promise to fully restore same but was abysmally done.
Mr Gyamfi disclosed that instead of the full restoration of allowances promised the teacher trainees, he said they were rather been served with partial restoration.
He accused the ruling government of increasing school fees and introduced feeding fees which he said used to be fee.
He noted that the abolishment of the automatic employment of teachers with the introduction of what he termed as needless licensure examination and obnoxious mandatory national Service policy.
As if that was not enough, he said the government of President Akufo Addo has lowered enrollment into Colleges of Education, thereby constricting teacher training opportunities.
To this end, he revealed that the return of President John Dramani Mahama would see a total restoration of payment of allowances and abolish the licensure examination as well as the mandatory national Service policy for teacher trainees.