The Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association has given the Ministry of Health up to August 7 to organise a stakeholders meeting aimed at resolving the disparities in their school fees.
The members of the association are agitated over an increment in their school fees from an amount GH¢580 to GH¢880 with others also expected to pay GH¢1,100 per semester.
The total amount to be paid per year by a student amounts to GH¢1,760 and GH¢ 2,200.
The increment, according to them is likely to hinder potential students from accessing nursing training and also cause the the withdrawal of some of the students from the nursing institution since they may not be able to afford the required amount.
They also expressed worry about the disparity that exists in the fee increment.
Speaking to Citi News
, the President of the association, Ernest Sarpong warned that the students will advice themselves if the Ministry of Health fails to engage them in a meeting and address their concerns amicably.
He stated that “if you are to consider the certificates we receive to that of those with a degree, you would realise that we are paying the largest amount of school fees in Ghana and this is pushing a lot of potential nurses trainees away from the service.”
Sarpong added that “we have written to the Ministry of Health several times but they have not replied. We want to have a meeting with them if not we will advice ourselves on the next possible step to take.”