Government earlier decided to scrap the allowance for both teacher and nursing training students. This decision was rejected by the affected students.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia. The Minister said the committee “recommended the payment of an abated allowance with a possibility to migrate them onto the students Loan Scheme”.
Government earlier decided to scrap the allowance for both teacher and nursing training students. Their decision was rejected by the students who were going to be affected. But government argued that, the withdrawal of the allowances was to increase the number of students admitted to these institutions.
In an interview on Savannah Radio in Tamale, President Mahama said a technical committee was formed to review the concerns of the trainee nurses. He was optimistic the committee will present its report before the end of July this year.
The committee recommended that 34,500 nursing students who are currently pursuing various levels of health professional training across the country should be paid “about GHC150 a month”.
The statement added that “the payment amount would serve as a bridging mechanism pending the amendment of the Students Loan Trust Act, to enable students in non-tertiary Health Training Institutions access loans to support their education”.