Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa former Deputy Education minister Ghana
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa former Deputy Education minister Ghana has claimed government of Ghana is planning to cut down on the number of admissions to teacher training and nursing colleges.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the move is because government is anxious about an anticipated increase in enrolment into colleges of education when it restores the payment of teacher and nurse trainee allowance.
He continued that a high increase in enrolment rates would activate a corresponding high increase in the payment of trainee allowances which government may not be ready to shoulder.
In other words, there could be a return to the quota system where public colleges of education and nursing trainee institutions admitted limited numbers despite the capacity of the facilities to admit more.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the North Tongu MP made the claim while assessing President Akufo-Addo’s maiden State of the Nation Address to Parliament early Tuesday morning.
The President reiterated In the address,a campaign promise to restore the payment of allowances this March, which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government scrapped.
It is believed that the controversial move, cost the government votes as incensed students vowed to pay the NDC government back.
Under the allowance scheme, the nurses got at least GHC450 every quarter. Government had explained the removal of the allowance was to allow it to admit more students.
The allowances had joined the hands of government because massive numbers had serious financial implications.
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