Teacher Trainees To Feed Themselves From November 7
Teacher trainees in Colleges of Education across the country may not be fed by their various institutions, from Monday, November 7,barring any last-minute interventions by government.
This is because Principals of Colleges of Education say they are struggling to feed students in recent times due to high cost of food items, coupled with indebtedness to food suppliers, who have refused to supply them.
As a result, the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) is asking government to grant them permission to allow all students to provide their own meals and fend for themselves in order not to disrupt the already stretched academic year.
In a letter, sighted by The Anchor, dated Monday 31, 2022 and addressed to Minister of Education, the Executive Secretary of PRINCOF, Dr. Harriet NakiAmui, said “I write on behalf of the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF), to seek your approval for principals to ask students to fend for themselves effective Monday, November 7, 2022.”
It explained that, “Principals of Colleges of Education have been trying really very hard to feed trainee teachers in recent times as result of current market trends. Prices of all food items have shot up astronomically, and food suppliers have refused to supply any food items to Colleges because of the indebtedness of the Colleges to these suppliers.”
According to the Principals of Colleges of Education, several requests for an upward review of the feeding grants to enable them to feed the students effectively three times a day yielded no result.
“A request for an upward review of the feeding grant paid to Principals has not been approved, and it has therefore become increasingly difficult for Principals to continue to provide three meals a day to students at Six Cedis, Fifty Pesewas (C6.50).”
“In the light of the above, it is the wish of PRINCOF, to be given permission to ask students to start fending for themselves. This is to ensure that, the already stretched academic year is not disrupted,” the letter concluded.