Today is 26th Anniversary of TTAG; Read the history of a formidable student union in Ghana

Historically, teacher trainees organize agitations in 1970s and early 1980s on grounds of fair treatment and recognition both by the government and college authorities.

It is on record that in the 1970s, teacher trainees organize meetings to petition the government when they felt threatened as a result of their uncertainty about their status and qualification.

Again, there was a similar agitation fir the recognition of trainees
allowances in the early 1980s. However, many beneficiaries of teachers of education afterward
had a deep seated conviction about what a union of teacher trainees could do for its members and nation at large. Many were of the view that, even though the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) existed, their focus was more on issues affecting university students.

Many also agreed that teacher trainees need an association for the benefit of co-operation as expected in every human endeavour and some teacher trainees welcomed the idea as a very important tool whiles others were indifferent about the decision.

In the early 1990s teacher trainees forged to form the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG). This attempt faced stiff opposition from college authorities. Some employed all kinds of strategies before its germination. Apparently their contention was that such a union formed will make colleges of education, the then teacher training college ungovernable.

This notwithstanding, as also said by Nathanael Greene that ―we fight, we get beat, arise and fight again‖ between the end of the 1994/95 and the beginning of the 1995/96 academic year, the ground became fertile for the formation of TTAG.

Subsequently, the association was officially, inaugurated colourfully on 3rd February, 1996 at the Presbyterian College of Education by Mrs. Elizabeth Addabor, the then Director of Teacher Education Division of the Ghana Education Service. Mrs. Addabor is equally on record to have offered her unflinching support to the founding fathers of the association.

It is worthy of notice that before TTAG was inaugurated, teacher trainees in the three Northern Region had a union called Association of Teacher Training Colleges in the Northern Sector (ATTRICONS).

TTAG has its motto as “A model for development” with the slogan TTAG – We mean well! Its logo is the resemblance of “Nyansapo” store of Knowledge as the Akan tradition signifies that teachers are intelligent folks.

The pentagonal shape of the logo also shows the five administrative sectors of the association, which comprises Colleges in Ashanti and Brong – Ahafo (ASHBA), the three Northern Regions (ATTRICONS) Volta Region (VOLTA), Eastern and Greater Regions (EAGA), Western and Central Region (WEC).
In 2001 at the 6th Annual Delegates’ Congress at St. John Bosco College, Navrongo, congress then approved a written document as the association’s constitution.

Source: TTAG Constitution

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