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Minority Kicks Against Directives To Reserve 30% Slot At Nursing Training Colleges For Health Ministry

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The Minority on the Health Committee of Parliament has kicked against government’s directive to various Nursing Training Colleges across the country to reserve 30% admission quota for the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health in a letter dated August 2, 2022, signed by its Chief Director, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, directed nursing training colleges across the country to reserve 30 per cent approved admission quota for the 2022/2023 academic year for the ministry.

 

It also directed the institutions to charge GHS150 per prospective students scheduled for interview, issue a general counterfoil receipt to the interviewees and 34 per cent of the proceeds from the interview be deposited into the health training institutions account at the Bank of Ghana.

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This directive comes on the back of a reduction in the admission quotas to the institutions following the reinstatement of the nursing training allowances.

But at a press conference today, Monday, 15 August 2022, the Minority described the situation as a “recipe for unbridled corruption.”

 

Addressing the media, the Ranking Member on the committee Kwabena Mintah Akandoh said “We see these new directives as an attempt by government to clear a path that makes room for protocol admissions of party apparatchiks, candidates with deep pockets and those who under normal circumstances would not gain admissions.”

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He also supported calls for a review of the nursing trainee allowance policy to allow for a hybrid system.

“Information available to us is that principals of Nursing Training Colleges have suggested that government should in the interim consider a hybrid system that admits both allowances receiving and non-allowance receiving students if payment of allowances is becoming a challenge for government,” Mr. Akandoh said.

 

 

 

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Source: MyGhanaMedia.com

 

 

 

 

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