CCTT or TTAG:Which of The Association Should Teacher Trainees Belong To-Mattters Arising

Filed in Education News by on August 26, 2020 0 Comments

There is a newly formed association calling itself Coalition of Concerned Teacher Trainees with over 7000 membership spanning across the 46 Colleges of Education advocating for the welfare and concerns of all teacher trainees.

The teacher trainees are alleging the height of neglect and “uncalled for” practice by PRINCOF,the principals of the various teacher training colleges and UCC towards them.The teacher trainees are also threatening to sue PRINCOF should PRINCOF continue to pay deaf ear to their plight.

The association has expressed concerns on the following areas:

  1. Extension of date of semester examination
  2. Virtual learning should call for virtual examination
  3. Reduction of Examination fee of GHC400
  4. Release of feeding component of their allowances.

The teacher trainees are calling for the dissolution of TTAG as it has lost it’s efficacy in fighting for the common good and interest of the teacher trainees.

Which of The Association Should Teacher Trainees Belong To

Since TTAG has become dormant in addressing the plight of teacher trainees,the association has therefore vowed to as matter of urgency up their effort in whichever way acceptable to get their plight addressed.

Most teacher trainees have expressed their misgivings about TTAG as to whether it should still remain as an association because they cannot feel the actual work they are doing in addressing teacher trainees problems in the College of Education.

Should teacher trainees form and legalize CCTT, what will be the fate of TTAG?

Below is a write up spotted by Ghanascholarship.net on a telegram page.

COALITION OF CONCERNED TEACHER TRAINEES

PLIGHT OF TEACHER TRAINEES

Teacher trainees in this country are being treated like paupers; with utmost disrespect and disregard. It is no surprise when you look at how even trained and graduate teachers are treated as well. The shambolic treatment teacher trainees are receiving this time around is not from the government but heads of the forty-six teacher training colleges in the country – UCC and PRINCOF to be exact.

It is no news that all schools were locked down when the country recorded its first two covid-19 cases. The president ordered the closure of all schools at all levels on the 15th of March, a day before colleges all over the country were to resume for the second semester. As a result the various colleges resorted to the virtual learning process. Other traditional universities in the country resorted to the same process of teaching and learning.

The virtual learning process was not very effective for teacher trainees. Students had to find their own means of acquiring bandwith (data) for the lectures and others did not even have smartphones to take part in the virtual learning. Some toiled and others borrowed monies to be able to get a smartphone to partake in these classes. Some students in very remote areas who have very poor internet connections were also at a disadvantage. We complained and we were not listened to. Despite all these challenges the virtual learning was still being practiced. Sometimes you go online and you see between fifty to sixty out of over two hundred students online. The rest have technically missed that class, with no fault of theirs.

We were told we were going to take our semester quiz online; we did that without complaining. We were flabbergasted and outraged when UCC put out plans for examination. They told us we were to report to campus on August 31st, revise for a week and take the semester exams on September 9th. How does UCC expect students who learnt very little online come revise for just a week and sit for examination for eight courses? This is absurd; it is a formula generated directly or indirectly to fail teacher trainees. How can you expect a student who had poor network in his area or the one who had no smartphone and therefore learned little to come to revise for a week and sit for exams? It is very inconsiderate and wrong.

Besides the date for the exams not going to help students there’s also the issue of UCC wanting us to pay Ghc400.00 as examination fee. We pay same amount every semester on campus. It covers our two quizzes and semester exams on campus. This is the case where we had our quizzes online; why then are we being made to pay the same Ghc400.00 for exams? This is robbery.

Let me bring you to our issue with PRINCOF. PRINCOF is the association of principals of the various colleges of education in the country. As teacher trainees, there’s a monthly allowance we receive from government for the four months we stay on campus. We’re paid Ghc400.00 per month. Out of this, students receive Ghc200.00 and the college receives Ghc196.00 as feeding grant for students on campus. The remaining goes to TTAG (Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana) as dues.

The government has paid the allowance for the semester to our colleges. Since we’ve been home since the pandemic and not on campus to be fed, we’re technically entitled to Ghc200.00 plus the Ghc196.00 feeding grant. That is Ghc396.00 in total. PRNCOF has however blatantly refused to disburse to students the feeding component of the allowance. They said they stocked up on foodstuffs before schools were closed down by the president. They can’t possibly have bought foodstuffs for the four months students were to stay on campus. Students have been paid just the basic Ghc200.00 and have been told they won’t be paid the Ghc196.00 feeding grant. Ghc196.00 times four months is Ghc784.00. The colleges want to keep every student’s Ghc784.00. Multiply that by the number of teacher trainees in the forty-six colleges in the country. That’s how we feel we’re being cheated.

Information reaching us recently too is that level 100 students of colleges of education who are taking their exams online have been asked by the colleges to pay an examination fee of Ghc400.00. How come students who are taking exams online and not on campus are being asked to pay such a huge sum for exams? 

All we ask for is that UCC extends the date for examination to aid students prepare well from August 31st when we go to campus. The one week for revision will not help anyone in any way. We also ask PRINCOF pay teacher trainees the Ghc196.00 feeding component of the allowance because it is technically ours. Most of us spent a lot during the virtual lectures in buying bandwith, and even acquiring smartphones for lectures. Those who took loans to survive the virtual learning also have to settle their loans.

We also ask authorities at colleges of education to halt exploiting level 100 students. Paying Ghc400.00 for exams taken online is preposterous.

The college system in this country is heading towards armageddon. The signs have been apparent for some time but it’s so obvious now. This is why teacher trainees all over the country have come together to fight this obvious injustice. Teacher trainees are not puppets; we demand to be treated with the exact respect and seriousness as our colleagues from the traditional universities.

In another video sighted on youtube, a teacher trainee complains bitterly about their current conditions as far as their end of semester examination and examination is concerned.

Watch the video below

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