Technical Universities Teacher Association of Ghana(TUTAG) has expressed its displeasure over the government’s inability to release the 2020 Book and Research Allowance.
According to Dr Samuel Asuamah Yeboah, the chairman of TUTAG- Sunyani Technical University, the Akufo Addo administration is yet to release the funds despite the numerous documents submitted to the Ministry of Finance on the subject.
“All the universities in the country have submitted their documentation but the Finance Ministry has not paid as at now. We’ve for some time now been pushing the government to pay the allowance but it has failed to do so and we don’t know what it is up to. The sad aspect is that nobody is explaining to us why there’s a delay. We are earnestly waiting for the government to pay the allowances to facilitate our research work.,” Dr. Samuel Asuamah Yeboah told Ejura-based Naagyei FM’s Kwabena Adjei Adomarakwa.
He clarified that the John Mahama led NDC government did not cancel the allowance prior to being voted out of power as has been claimed by the ruling NPP.
The Book and Research Allowance enables small scale researches that are of immediate benefit to the nation to be carried out.
It also enables supervisors/lecturers to support their students in fieldwork and data collection. Fieldwork and similar such activities associated with students’ projects and theses enable the student to acquire research skills.
Another need for the allowance is that books, rare collections, journal articles and other literature materials acquired through the Book and Research Allowance by lecturers and research fellows are put at the disposal of students particularly during the writing of their thesis and project works. These books and materials are mostly those that may not be available in the university library or are in high demand at the library and are in limited supply.