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We’re sorry! – Jobless teachers beg Mahama

Some members of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG), who embarked on a demonstration to compel the government to give them permanent employment, have apologised to former President John Dramani Mahama for voting against him and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 presidential elections.

The teachers say they feel disappointed by the Akufo-Addo government.

TTAG said its members were supposed to be given permanent employment in September this year but the government, according to their intelligence, intends posting them to do the one-year mandatory national service, which, they say was not part of the initial agreement.

Feeling they had a better treatment under the past government as compared to the current administration, some of the aggrieved teachers chanted: “Mahama, we are sorry”, and pleaded with him to “come back”, as they demonstrated against the Akufo-Addo government on Wednesday, 7 November.

“If you don’t take time, my dear, you will do something that you are not supposed to do”, a female teacher told Accra100.5FM’s Nana Amoako Gyampa during the demonstration, explaining: “You will be gallivanting around chasing men here and there [for survival]. Meanwhile, we have completed [school] and need to be posted”.

Another demonstrator stated: “We want newly-trained teachers to be posted by the Ghana Education Service (GES) [and not to] enroll us for national service”.

Clad in red to signify their anger, the TTAG members marched through the principal streets of Accra with placards which read: “Thanks for Allowance but post us now”, “You gave us an allowance and so what?”, “Education sector is in limbo”, “Napo must go”, “NPP, we are tired of promises; post us now”, “NPP has betrayed us, GES post us now”.

The march started at the Obra Spot near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and ended at the Hearts of Oak Park.

The group will also present a petition to Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

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