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Agric Colleges Peeved Over Government “Neglect”

Spokesperson for the Agricultural Colleges Students’ Union and Students Representative Council (SRC) President for the Kwadaso Agric College, Mr. Stanley Mensah is livid over what he says is government’s neglect of the Agric Colleges in the country.

This situation, Mr. Mensah stated has left the agric colleges neglected where students regret opting for education at the various Agric Colleges.

Mr. Mensah expressed the regret in an interview with Captain Adabugar on the Akuafo Se sen segment of the Rite Morning Ride to register the plight of students of the various agric colleges in the country.

A peeved SRC president said the worst part of the neglect dealt the students was the neglect of basic infrastructure where most of the institutions have not seen any major renovations.

“The most painful part of our plight is that the Agric Colleges have never gone under any renovations since they were built,” he lamented. “They lack infrastructures, logistics and other teaching and learning materials making teaching and learning difficult and unattractive.”

He compared the situation of the conditions of the agric colleges to the nursing and teacher training colleges whose allowances have been restored by the government while students of the agric colleges wallow in misery.

“The government has restored the Nursing and Teacher Training Allowances but has decided to ignore the Agric Colleges which is not fair,” Mr. Mensah regretted.

The restoration of the nursing training allowances by the government in october, 2017 puts more than ₵23.2million monthly bill over 10 months on government with each of the about 58,000 trainees expected to receive ₵400 per month, accruing the total annual bill to ₵232million.

The restoration took effect from September 2017.

On the other hand, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, last Friday at the launch of the restoration of the allowance took place at the Accra College of Education, launched the restoration of the teacher trainee allowance.

According to the spokesperson for the Agric College students, students of the Agric Colleges find it difficult to pay their school fees in the wake of increasing costs of education while they are deprived of any allowances to support them.

Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/www.ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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