The Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) have called on the government to improve the conditions of service for college staff.
Speaking at its annual conference held in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, the national president of PRINCOF, Professor Samuel Awinkene Atintono, described the conditions of service for teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges of education across the country as unattractive.
According to Prof. Atintono, to bring a lasting solution to the labour unrest among PRINCOF staff, there is a need for significant improvement in salaries and other allowances for its members.
“The condition of service of our staff remains unattractive, and recently, we have witnessed labour unrest from teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges of education regarding their conditions of service,” Prof. Atintono stated.
Prof. Atintono mentioned that as the various colleges of education face many challenges, there is an immediate need for an increase in feeding fees for students from the current amount of Ghc.10.00 per student to Ghc. 30.00.
“An amount of Ghc. 10.00 per student per day as a feeding fee is woefully inadequate and must be increased to at least Ghc. 30.00, and it usually takes a long time to come.”
The theme of the annual conference was ‘Repositioning Colleges of Education as Centers of Excellence for Teacher Education in Ghana.’ On her part, Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education, who was the guest of honour, underscored the need for quality education at the colleges of education across the country to complement the investment the government is making in the educational sector.
Tongraan Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang, the Paramount Chief of the Talensi Traditional Area, who chaired the conference, applauded PRINCOF for the efforts they are making in producing qualified teachers for the country over the years.
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