The Nursing trainees lament over what they call “skyrocketing irregular fees”, calling on the government intervene by reducing them…
The Ghana Nurse and Midwife Trainee’s Association (GNMTA) has called on the government to reduce the high fees charged at the various nursing training institutions.
Akazee Godwin Asabire, who is the president of the Association bemoaned the steady rise in the fees in the past few years. According to him, they have met with the Health Trainee Institution Secretariat to discuss the issue but since after the meetings, nothing has been done.
Speaking further, Godwin Asabire pointed out that since 2012, Nursing trainee fees have been on a steady increase. Also lamenting the issue of trainee allowances, Asabire complained that the recently approved Ghc150 is close to nothing compared to what they spend as trainee nurses in their various institutions.
“Government has halted payment of trainee allowances for the past 2 years until recently we heard the welcoming news that government has set a committee which recommended that an updated amount of Ghc 150 should be payed to them. Looking at our school fees, if you take Ghc 150 and multiply it by 3 months, it has not covered even half of your training fee, notwithstanding the school fees.”
Government who has since swapped trainee allowances with students loan recently announced that it is set to start paying trainees Ghc150. However, the nursing trainees rejected the allowance on the grounds that it is too small and will in no way be sufficient for them to take care of the numerous expenses they incur in the course of their study.
The Association therefore, threatens to take their displeasure to government if this issue of “skyrocketing irregular fees” is not addressed.