Government of Ghana restores nurses training allowance

Tracking Government Promises

iWatch Africa can confirm that the Government of Ghana has honoured its promise to Ghanaians captured in the 2017 Budget Statement to fully restore the payment of teacher trainee allowances, effective September 2017.

The allowance restoration is part of a broader goal to make Colleges of Education freely accessible to all eligible students and train teachers to drive quality education provision.

The previous National Democratic Party (NDC) government scrapped the allowance in 2014, under which nursing trainees received at least GH¢ 450.00 every quarter.

Under the new allowance scheme, the Government of Ghana has budgeted GH¢ 232 million to cater for an expected 58,000 nurses across the country. Each beneficiary will receive up to GH¢ 400.00.

Some students who had already received their September allowance confirmed to iWatch Africa the validity of the president’s claim and expressed their satisfaction that the government had honoured its mandate.

Trainee nurses pay about ₵2000 per semester as tuition. This makes at least ₵4,000 a year. The government is paying ₵400 to cover 10 months of each year. This makes it ₵4,000 in allowance.

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iWatch Africa will continue to review this policy.

Credit: Policy and Content Analyst | Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa

 

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Gideon Sarpong

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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