Government Ought To Withdraw The Quota System For Colleges of Education – William Boadi, EAI



Government Ought To Withdraw The Quota System For Colleges of Education – William Boadi, EAI

“Serious leaders don’t talk too much, they do the talks”

Educate Africa Institute (EAI) has had a statement from the government of Ghana stating that the aged quota system which was canceled under the watch of former president John Dramani Mahama after his government scrapped the payment of allowances for the teacher and nursing trainees has been reintroduced again.

This is affecting the 46 accredited Public Colleges of Education for the 2022/2023 academic year.

From the list published by Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), a total of 12,002 prospective teacher trainees are required to be admitted into the 46 Colleges of Education for the 2022/2023 academic year.

The letter served the National Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF), the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission outlined the list of Colleges of Education with their respective admission quota for the academic year under assessment.

Read the list of the Colleges of Education with their respective quotas;

The former president John Mahama administration ditched the payment of allowances in the 2013/2014 academic year and mended it with loans from the Student Loan Trust Fund, contending that it would rise enrolment in the various colleges of education and curtail the financial impediment on the government.

So, in December 2016, the then Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said the abolition of the teacher trainee allowances had increased enrolment in the colleges of education by 63.8%.

Despite what was said by the deputy minister, EAI frowned at that action initially because it backed teacher trainees financially. Though the government intended to pave a way for many young people to get access to those institutions.

And the funny thing is that the same NPP party in government took place at that chance, criticized the NDC administration, and promised to reintroduce the payment of both teacher and nursing trainees allowance without a quota system when voted into government. EAI believes that it contributed to the massive proportions of votes the NPP had in the 2016 general elections.

Ironically, the party (NPP) in power is struggling to fulfill its numerous vows including the teacher and nursing trainee allowance.

EAI is advising the government not to reintroduce the quota system as that would increase enrollment to young people who have the interest and the qualifications to enter those institutions.

Besides, the government must continue to pay the allowance in time to enable the trainees to be more resourceful in their academic disciplines on and off campus. Most of them are being sustained by the allowance. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah introduced this allowance and most of you enjoyed it up to the University level. It would be prudent for every student to have a monthly stipend considering the grade of resources we have in the country. The major political parties are just amassing such themselves.

Politicians have been taking citizens for granted and we must call it a day. Think deeply when making promises. Thank you.


William Boadi
CEO of Educate Africa Institute (EAI), Educationist, Journalist, and motivational speaker.


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