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21.10.2019 Education

Gbewaa University Accused Of 'Stealing' Trainee Allowance

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Gbewaa University Accused Of 'Stealing' Trainee Allowance

The entire batch of the newly trained teachers of Gbewaa University College are accusing the educational institution of deceitful disbursement of allowance due to them when they were in level 300.

According to the student, they went into an arrangement with the school to have 50% of the 400 allowance equivalent to GH₵ 200.00 to be paid directly to the school to cater for feeding prior to the reinstatement of the teacher allowance by the current government.

However, because the level 300 students are always doing their teaching practice outside the college, it was agreed that they will receive that feeding component of the allowance when it goes to the college since they are not going to be fed by the college during that period of their practicum.

To their amazement, the authorities of Gbewaa University College still went ahead to make the deduction and subsequently failed to pay them their allowance in full.

They also explained that the school has decided to deduct their graduation free from the total amount of the money they were supposed to receive without any form of engagement even though the ceremony has been scheduled for next year.

This, the newly trained teachers say is unacceptable and has through a press statement noted emphatically that they are displeased.

They want the government to call on the college authorities to immediately reimburse and pay their monies in full.

Below is the full statement from the aggrieved trained student;

SUBJECT: DECEITFUL DISBURSEMENT OF LEVEL 300 SECOND SEMESTER ALLOWANCE BY THE COLLEGE TO THE AFOREMENTIONED BATCH.

We the entire newly trained teachers of Gbewaa University College wish to express our displeasure on the way the college has disbursed our level 300 second semester feeding component of the allowance to us without any clear explanation.

Before the reinstatement of the allowance, It was agreed that 50% of teacher trainees allowance equivalent to GH₵ 200.00 would be paid directly to the school as our feeding fee. However, level three students who are always doing their teaching practice outside the college will always receive that feeding component of the allowance when it goes to the college since they are not going to be fed by the college during this period of their practicum.

The first-semester feeding fee of GH₵ 784.00 was given to the college and it was used as part payment of our third-year fees of GH₵ 909.00 leaving a balance of GH₵ 125.00 to complete the payment. Not just quite long, the second semester component also came and per the calculations, they were supposed to deduct GH₵ 125.00 from the GH₵ 784.00 and another deduction of GH₵ 10.00 for a 3- day stay on the campus after we completed and we went back to write our licensure exams leaving a balance of GH₵ 649.00 for it to be given to us.

This is rather unfortunate that out of the GH₵ 649.00 we were all expecting as our balance from the college, it is only GH₵ 350.00 that they have agreed to give it to each student without explaining why it is so to us. The college even went further to deduct a graduation fee of GH₵ 250.00 without consulting us or our SRC board. Meanwhile, this fee is supposed to be paid next year when the time for the graduation is due.

Now our question is how was the college taking its graduation fee from the students when the allowance was scrapped? Can they let us have our allowance so that at the right time that graduation fee is taking from us? All effort to get a better explanation from them has proven futile. They don’t just want to listen to our cry.

So on this note, we are appealing to all media stations to intervene so that the right calculations are done and what we deserve as part of that money is given to us. Thank you

BY THE 2019 GRADUANTS OF GBEWAA COLLEGE, PUSIGA

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