Nana Addo told the students of the institution that his government would restore the allowances for health trainees as well as teacher trainees if elected in November.
Flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo has opted to calm the issue of teachers and nurses trainee allowances which have brought about protests from the respective trainees. The NPP flagbearer has fumed at President Mahama and his government for removing the trainee allowances.
Government eventually removed the teacher and nursing trainee allowance, but replaced it with Students Loan Scheme, where students can access funds from the Students Loan Trust to finance their education. According to government, the allowance had outlived its usefulness and had also curtailed enrollment which has now improved since it was scrapped. Mahama earlier in May, also revealed that government had saved up to GHC282 million from the swapping the allowances.
However, during Nana Addo’s tour of the Greater Accra region, he said the government has no justification for its removal of the trainee allowances. Addressing students of the Korle Bu Nurses and Midwifery Training School in the Ablekuma South Constituency, he said it is the duty of government to take care of trainees in the health sector.
The NPP flagbearer told students of the institution that his government would restore the allowances for health trainees as well as teacher trainees if elected in November. Making reference to Kufour’s government, he said the NPP government always make it a point of duty to cater for health trainees, just as it did when it relentlessly paid their allowances even at the time of oil scarcity.
He pointed out that even in the absence of oil scarcity, Mahama has cancelled the allowances. He also talked about how his government intends putting an end to the delayed posting of health graduate trainees. He urged the students to vote massively for the NPP in the coming elections for it to be able to achieve its plans for them.