President John Mahama has announced that new trainee nurses who are yet to be put on the students loan scheme will also in the meantime be put on the cancelled nurses allowance scheme.
According to president Mahama, this was a recommendation from the technical committee which advised the government on the allowance scheme
The president made the announcement while addressing trainee nurses as part of his campaign tour in the Brong Ahafo region.
“The committee recommended that since we are yet to amend the law to put our nursing and midwifery students on the students loan scheme, we should also put them on the allowance”.
Government announced scrapping of the allowances in order to remove the restrictions on admission to the various training institutions due to the huge amounts it had to pay in the form of allowances.
This was in order to give more students the opportunity to gain admissions into these institutions.
However, the scrapping was met with much resistance from some students who rely on the allowances to support themselves in school.
This led to the setting up of a committee to advise on a more favorable resolution for the trainee nurses.
Per the committee’s recommendation, 34,500 students who are currently pursuing various levels of health professional training across the country will receive a payment of GHc 150 a month.
President had earlier said he was not restoring the allowance even if it meant he would lose the 2016 election.