Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako has described as fallacious the NDC’s claim that former Education Minister in the Mahama regime had no hand in cancellation of Teacher Trainee allowance.
The veteran journalists comment comes in reply to the party’s Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi saying the cancellation and the introduction of the three months salary payment for newly recruited teachers were all decisions made by government and not Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.
Sammy Gyamfi said, “Firstly, the claim that Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang canceled Teacher Trainee Allowance is false. The decision to replace Teacher Trainee allowance with student loan was a cabinet decision and not a ministerial decision.
“Secondly, the claim that Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang introduced the three months’ salary payment for newly recruited teachers is false. This policy was introduced by the Finance Ministry as part of GIFMIS reforms at the time, to check the phenomenon of payroll fraud and ensure that newly recruited teachers, nurses and doctors were paid their first three months’ salary without any hindrance and subsequent salaries paid upon validation.”
However, Kweku Baako speaking on Joy News’ Newsfile Saturday said one can not divorce the Ministerial from cabinet, thus the NDC should desist from creating an excuse for their running mate.
“How are you trying to divorce the Ministerial from the cabinet? That’s a sign of weakness, that you don’t really have a solid case to sell.
“Because look, the Minister or the Ministry prepares a memo on such key issues, memo goes to cabinet, cabinet discusses it and then whatever they do there; changes or not changes is adopted as a government policy.
“So for somebody to come around and say that was a cabinet decision, not a ministerial one is peddling a fallacy.