BY MOHAMMED AWAL
GOVERNMENT HA given a strong indication that the restoration of the abolished teacher trainee allowance will soon follow that of nurse trainees.
The disclosure comes during the launch of the restoration of the nurses’ trainee allowance by the government yesterday.
The administration of President John Mahama in 2014 scrapped the age-old teacher trainee allowance, replacing it with student loans to ensure parity, since other tertiary students were on the students’ loan scheme.
Angered by the government’s decision, the trainee teachers resorted to demonstrations to compel the government then to rescind its decision but former President Mahama did not budge.
In the heat of the 2016 elections then candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made the restoration of trainee allowances one of the key elements of his campaign.
Unnerved by the seeming delay in the restoration of their allowances by the government, students of Kwadaso Agriculture Training College took to the streets to register their displeasure over what they say is the government’s unwillingness to uphold its campaign pledge to them.
But in an address at the launch of the restoration of the nurse trainee allowances, the Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, hinted that: “…on the heels of implementing the free senior high school policy comes the implementation of the nurses, midwife trainees allowances. These will soon be followed by the restoration of the teacher trainee allowances.”
According to the government, 58,000 health trainees in all trainee institutions had been budgeted for at GH¢ 400.00 per month for 10 months in an academic year and adequate measures had been put in place to ensure sustainability of the payment with a laid down electronic payment mechanism to ensure “convenience and accountability.”
The restored monthly allowances of the trainee nurses will cost the government GH¢ 232 million this academic year, according to the President.