April 24, 2015

A former Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Osei Bonsu Amoah, has stated Ghanaians have started feeling the  negative effects of the  International Monitory Fund (IMF)  bail-out, which the government opted for recently.

He said the  scraping of allowances for the teacher trainees as well as cost sharing in the tertiary institutions are clear examples.

Mr. O. B. Amoah says  other   conditionalities  of the IMF  are  the removal of all tariffs and subsidies on electricity and petroleum products, adding that the NDC government has started implementing these policies.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Akuapem South Constituency of the Eastern Region, told Atinka AM Drive that government is being forced to implement these harsh policies due to the recent the IMF bail-out.

Government says students in public tertiary institutions will now have to pay their own utility bills as one of the ‘innovative, alternative means’ to tackle increasing utility debts in public universities. Allowances for students at the teacher trainee institutions have also been scrapped.

Mr. O. B. Amoah explained that government has not managed things well in the country and  that every sector of the economy is saddled with debt.

He said the scraping of allowances for teacher trainees and the introduction of cost sharing in various tertiary institutions will bring hardships onto overburdened parents and guardians and urged the government to halt the implementation of these policies because  “it’s  just like pouring water into basket”