I’ll Maintain Trainee Teachers, Nurses Allowance – Mahama
Ex-President John Dramani Mahama says his authorities will not discontinue the payment of allowances to trainee teachers and nurses should he win the 2020 presidential elections.
The difficulty of allowances for trainees was a major campaign issue earlier than the 2016 general elections.
The then NDC government in 2014 scrapped allowances of trainee teachers and nurses despite severe pressure on the government to rescind such a decision.
Mahama at the time insisted that the decision allowed his government to extend various health and educational infrastructure in the country as properly as remove the restrictions on admissions to the various training institutions.
The NPP government, however, restored the allowances after winning the 2016 polls.
Mahama guarantees to maintain allowances
Speaking during one of his interactive digital conversations dubbed ‘Let’s talk with JM’, Mahama said his authorities won’t cancel the allowances should he be elected as President in the upcoming elections.
“You know that it was a very critical trouble in the run-up to the 2016 elections. What I had said was we were going to migrate the health trainees and academic trainees to the student loan scheme. Now what I have said going up to the 2020 elections is that we are going to let the status quo remain. It skill that we are going to continue paying trainee allowances, but we will improve the student mortgage and adapt it so that it serves the same purpose as the allowances.”
“So we will increase the amount below the Student Loan Trust [Fund] and then instead of giving it to you as a lump sum, we will give it to you at regular intervals so that you continue to use it for the matters you use it for. So, once we have done it and it’s attractive and it’s good sufficient for you, then we will now migrate to the student loan scheme. So for now, if I become the President on January 7, 2021, we will maintain the popularity quo. It means that we will continue to pay the allowances and when we have improved and made it attractive for all college students to go for it, then we will now do the migration onto the student loan scheme. So that’s my position on it as of now,” he said.
The scrapping of the allowances by the then Mahama authorities was met with stiff opposition from trainees and a section of the Ghanaian public.
Groups such as the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association (GNMTA) lambasted the government over the issue.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the time promised to restore the allowances have to it win the 2016 general elections.
John Mahama at the time strongly defended the move and even said it would be “better to lose on principle than win the use of falsehood. We’ll not reverse the decision.”