Okudzeto Ablakwa had the rudest shock of his life when he was incessantly hooted by teacher trainees.
Drama unfolded at the hall of the Kumasi Teachers Training College in the Ashanti Region when frustrated teacher trainees hooted at the Deputy Minister in-charge of Tertiary Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa over government's policy that scrapped teacher trainees allowance when he paid a visit to the campus for a programme dubbed 'Campus Connect'.
The protest by the teacher trainees was to register their displeasure about the scraping of the teacher trainees' allowance and called for its immediate restoration. According to them, government decision to replace the teachers allowance with students loan scheme is affecting prospective teachers especially those in the Ashanti region.
The irate teacher trainees later formed a human circle and chased the minister out of the hall.
In 2013, government took a decision to scrap allowances for trainees in the colleges of education and this according to the Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Agyeman was to ensure equity and fairness in the educational system.
The move, she said, was also to attract the best calibre of prospective students with passion for the teaching profession, as well as equip existing colleges to admit adequate number of students.
She said it was in line with this that the government was upgrading the teacher training institutions into colleges of education to accord them that tertiary status.
However, the move by the government did not go well with some trainee teachers who called for the allowance to be reinstated.