Scrap allowances for teacher training and nursing training – Alhassan Suhuyini, the Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency
Alhassan Suhuyini, the Member of Parliament for Tamale North Constituency, has expressed his opinion that the government should terminate the provision of trainee allowances for nurses and teachers.
Instead, he suggests that the funds be directed towards the Student Loan Trust Fund to support financially disadvantaged students nationwide.
During an interview on the AM Show on JoyNews, Mr. Suhuyini argued that nursing and teacher trainees should be encouraged to apply for student loans rather than receiving stipends from the government.
He stated that the payment of trainee allowances has placed an unsustainable burden on state finances, and thus, he called for their abolition.
Mr. Suhuyini further explained that the previous program under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was based on the notion that nurses and teachers were guaranteed employment after completing their training. Consequently, repaying such loans was expected to be manageable for them. He emphasized the need to invest more in the Student Loan Trust Fund to support all tertiary students who struggle to afford their fees.