Do not give allowances to trainee nurses and teachers - Prof Stephen Adei tells gov't

Do not give allowances to trainee nurses and teachers - Prof Stephen Adei tells gov't

Prof. Stephen Adei says there is no need for the government to subsidise the education of teachers and nurses and then give them allowances through school.

A Ghanaian economist and educationist, Professor Stephen Adei has asked government to cancel any allowances given to nurses and teachers while they are in training. Prof Adei was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Takoradi Technical University (TTU).

Prof Adei is a former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). The lecture was on the was on the theme, “Development of Ghana through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and the Role of Technical Universities.”

According to the report we sighted on, the economist advised the government to rather invest the money into supporting technical and vocational education.

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Poor Ghanaians

Nurses, as well as teachers, have been used to an arrangement where government gives them financial allowances throughout their training.
Source: UGC

Prof Adei reportedly said: “it is the neglect of technical and vocational education and training that makes the prospect of giving second cycle education to all seem daunting.”

He continued: “We have chosen to continue general education of our colonial masters, who only needed clerks and few public servants and have made it the norm.

Educational system meant for service is not adequate for self-government and development and Nkrumah knew that."

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It remains to be seen whether the suggestion of Prof Adei will be taken into consideration. The ruling government campaigned on the promise of restoring the allowances to teachers and nurses.

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