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1 Billion Cedis on Allowance for Teacher Trainees and Nurses in 2024 What could have been done differently

1 Billion Cedis on Allowance for Teacher Trainees and Nurses in 2024 What could have been done differently

In 2024, the government plans to allocate nearly One Billion Cedis for the allowances of student nurses and teachers in colleges.

A notable contrast exists as their counterparts in university pursuing the same careers are eligible for student loans instead.

Despite both groups earning the same BED Degrees and teaching in similar schools, including those with inadequate infrastructure, the disparity in financial support raises questions about the allocation of resources.

The critique suggests that the one-year allowance budget could have been better utilized to construct 200 new schools, providing a conducive environment for student teachers.

Additionally, the substantial allowance for nurses could have been used to build hospitals, addressing the issue of unemployment in the healthcare sector.

The commentary expresses disappointment in the perceived wastefulness of the policy, emphasizing the need for more thoughtful and sustainable approaches to address societal needs.

Here is what Kofi Asare of Eduwatch Shared

In 2024, the government will spend close to One Billion Cedis on the allowances of students nurses, and teachers pursuing their careers in Colleges.

Meanwhile, their SHS colleagues pursuing the same careers in the universities are entitled to a student loan.

Student teachers, both allowa & loan beneficiaries, will graduate with the same BED Degrees and teach in the same schools, including the 5,400 schools under trees and sheds while earning the same salary.

Note: The one-year allawa (220m) could have built 200 new schools to provide a befitting working environment for student teachers after graduating into employment.

The nurses will also graduate and start agitating for employment when their allawa of over 700m could have built many hospitals to employ them.

All this is happening in the presence of a guarantor-free student loan policy aimed at ensuring unrestricted access to loans by needy tertiary students.

Having been a fierce critic of this wasteful policy since 2008, I was very very disappointed when after using the Ghana Card to usher in a guarantor-free student loan policy, we failed to use the crab to prepare the soup’

Some of our policies have no systemic value; mainly short-term, slogan-centric interventions that produce only outputs. Others are solutions looking for problems, ending up creating bigger problems.

What a country! he said.

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Peter N. Djangmah is a multifaceted individual with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and blogging. With a firm belief in the power of digital education and science, I am affectionately known as the Private Minister of Information. Connect with me
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