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We’ve been deceived -Nurses

Some final year nursing trainee students say they fear the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government might short-change them in the restoration of allowance to nurses and teacher trainees across the country.

According to the angry nurses, President Akufo-Addo promised to pay the allowance beginning September 2017, however the final year student say they would have completed school by that time and would not benefit from the policy.

SRC President of Public/Registered Community Health Nursing School at Korle-bu, Collins Adu-Gyamfi, told this reporter the tactics the ruling government employed in convincing the nurses to vote for the NPP and the subsequent betrayal of trust amount to deception.

The immediate past John Mahama-led government withdrew both trainee nurses and teacher trainee allowances in 2014, in order to curb what they described as the ballooning government expenditure as well as ensure fairness to all categories of tertiary students.

The then government’s argument was that university students are not given allowances, making it inequitable for other categories of tertiary students to be given allowances.

However, the then opposition New Patriotic Party in the run-up to the 2016 elections took a different stance by promising to restore the allowance if voted into office.

President Nana Akufo-Addo presenting his maiden state of the nations address earlier this year promised to honor his pledge by restoring the allowance to all nursing and teacher trainees across the country.

But final year students of nursing trainee students say they might not enjoy the benefits because they would have finished their training before the payment is made.

The nursing trainee students also want the government to scrap what they call “astronomical payment of utility bills by nursing students.”

The students insist they pay as much as 200 Ghana cedis as utility bills every term, a situation they lament is affecting their limited finance.

They are therefore, urging the President to honor his promise by paying the allowance of all trainee nurses including the final year students.

By: Coffie Emmanuel/

Written by Web Master

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