The Ghana Nurse and Midwife Trainee’s Association (GNMTA) has called on government to reduce the high fees charged at the various nursing training institutions. National President for Ghana Nurse and Midwife Trainees’ Association, Akazee Godwin Asabire, says the school fees have been rising for the past few years but meetings with the Health Trainee Institution Secretariat to address this have been unsuccessful. “Looking at the fees from 2012, you will realize that the fees have risen steadily up until this point. Actually we were called to the Health Trainee Institution Secretariat and we spoke with them and we discussed these issues. Only to come out and realize that those discrepancies that we spoke about still exist.” He said. Asabire also criticized the trainee allowances given them by the government, saying it is insufficient. “Government has halted payment of trainee allowances for the past 2 years until recently we heard the welcoming news that government has set a committee which recommended that an updated amount of Ghc 150 should be payed to them. Looking at our school fees, if you take Ghc 150 and multiply it by 3 months, it has not covered even half of your training fee, notwithstanding the school fees.” He lamented. The Association has threatened to take their displeasure to government if their issues with what they describe as “skyrocketing irregular fees” are not addressed. Trainee nurses reject gov’ts GHc 150 allowance The Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association has rejected the government’s offer to pay GHc 150 monthly allowances citing the trainee’s expenditure on bills and transportation. According to them, the amount is woefully inadequate per the memorandum of understanding they signed with the Ministry of Health in 2014.
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