President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the thousands of nursing and teacher trainees across the country that their allowances will be restored.
Delivering his maiden State of the Nations Address on the floor of parliament on Tuesday, February 21, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “teacher trainee allowances will be restored when the Minister of Finance comes to read the budget.”
“The Minister for Finance will restore the allowances to trainee nurses in the budget,” he said.
The immediate past John Mahama-led government withdrew both trainee nurses and teacher trainee allowances in 2014, in order to curb ballooning government expenditure as well as ensure fairness to all categories of tertiary students.
The government’s argument was that University students are not given allowances, making it unfair for other categories of tertiary students to be given allowances.
Teacher and nurses trainees were therefore asked to apply for government student loans to finance their education.
The government, however, took a new stance on the matter when it announced that the allowances of the nurses would be reintroduced.
Political analyst and Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kwaku Baako subsequently described the NDC government’s decision to bring back nurses trainees allowances as an act of cowardice.