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

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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