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I’d rather lose the election than restore teacher trainee allowance – Mahama

President John Mahama has said he will not restore teacher trainee allowance even if it will cost him the 2016 presidential election.
He says he would rather risk a second term bid on grounds of principle than on petty politicking which he blames his opponents for doing.
“For partisan politics purposes you have your political opponent come and say when we come back we will restore trainee allowances to colleges of education. For me it is better to lose the election on principle than win it on falsehood,” he said.
President Mahama made these remarks on Wednesday when he addressed students and faculty heads of the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region as part of his campaign tour ahead of the general election.
overnment’s decision to scrap teacher trainee allowance and replace it with the student loan has been heavily criticised.
Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana (TTAG), the mother association of trainee teachers, vented its spleen on government when its members hit the street on March 24 demonstrating over the decision.
They have threatened to vote for the flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who has promised to restore the allowance when voted for.
Agitations have been building up but reacting for the first time on the matter, President Mahama says he would not shift grounds even if the decision cost him the December polls.

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