The Minority on the Health Committee in Parliament has asked the government to immediately withdraw its decision on reserving 30 per cent of admissions into nursing training colleges for the Ministry of Health.
The Minority argued that the directive is a “recipe for unbridled corruption.”
Addressing the media, the Ranking Member on the committee Kwabena Mintah Akandoh said “We see these new directives as an attempt by government to clear a path that makes room for protocol admissions of party apparatchiks, candidates with deep pockets and those who under normal circumstances would not gain admissions.”
He advised the government to focus on increasing access to tertiary institutions because of the Free SHS policy.
He warned that “if left unchecked it will be disastrous going into the future considering the current high attrition among health personnel.”
“Information available to us is that principals of Nursing Training Colleges have suggested that government should in the interim consider a hybrid system that admits both allowances receiving and non-allowance receiving students if payment of allowances is becoming a challenge for government,” Mr. Akandoh said.
The Ministry of Health directed the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions to stop admitting more than their capacities for the academic year.
It is the case of the Committee that the government’s decision to the lack of financial muscle to pay admitted students their nursing and training allowances.