Ghana Registered Nurses Association agrees to reintroduction of quota system

The association believes that the quota system is a move to ensure the quality students into health training institutions in the country

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This affirmation was done in consultation with all stakeholders of the association who were in support of government’s move to ensure quality instead of quantity.

President of GRNA, Mr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea explained that health training institutions in the country have in the past few years overpopulated their campuses irrespective of not having the capacity to accommodate them.

“Health training institutions as it is now don’t have the capacity to admit the number of students they did last year but they were doing so because of the pressure of the candidates that were putting in their application and also from other stakeholder institutions” he said.

With this change, both public and private institutions accredited to train nurses in Ghana will reduce their intake by almost 1,600 this year.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has already met with all 75 accredited institutions training nurses in Ghana in relation to the new change.

A circular signed by Mr Felix Nyante, Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reads:

“The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana would like to respectfully inform you of the admission quota for the 2017 admissions to nursing and midwifery training institutions. This follows discussions held in Koforidua on June 27, 2017 on the subject matter.”

Last year, 7,335 students were admitted to the various institutions, but the number will reduce to 5,737 when the directive is implemented.

The figures mean that last year’s admission figure would be reduced by almost 22 per cent.

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