1 Billion Cedis on Allowance for Teacher Trainees and Nurses in 2024 What could have been done differently
In 2024, the government will spend close to One Billion Cedis on the allowances of students nurses, and teachers pursuing their careers in Colleges.
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.