The Chief Director, MOH
The Executive Secretary, Health Training Institutions Secretariat
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press I have invited you here this afternoon to deal with issues arising from the Nursing Training Schools. If care is not taken it will cripple the very reason for establishing these schools.
The arbitrary charging of fees in the institutions 2016/2017 academic year is a matter of gross concern.
This practice has escalated to the extent that some schools are adding extra items as additional levies for the academic year, e.g. Cement, electronic system fees, stationary amongst others.
We are unhappy about this practice because the exorbitant nature of such fees is defeating the purpose of getting those genuinely interested in providing health care into the institutions as against those who can afford it.
This will ultimately result in the production of professionals whose dedication to duty will be in question.
We have also leant that some of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) schools are charging an extra amount of GHC500 as logistic support, which is unacceptable.
We ask that such monies should be refunded to the students with immediate effect.
In view of this the Heads of the following colleges are directed to step aside for further investigations into this scandal.
Mampong Nursing and Midwifery College, Cape Coast Nursing Midwifery Training College and School Dispensary optics, Oyoko.
All other Nursing Training Institutions are being monitored and further actions may be taken regarding other schools.
The Ministry of Health will not tolerate any institution under its mandate disregarding lay down policies and procedures.
Mampong Nursing and Midwifery Training College has consistently being in the media as to whether it is a Ministry of Health facility or not.
I want to state clearly that the school is a fully fledge Ministry of Health institution and this has been checked with the CEO of CHAG and other stakeholders.
Henceforth the authorities of the schools should abide by all laid down rules and regulation of the Ministry.
To this end the board stands dissolved because it has served its 4-year mandated term, a new board will be reconstituted in due course.
We take this opportunity to reiterate our position regarding school fees, Heads and school managements should take note and observe the following:
1. Only the approved fees from the Ministry of Health as agreed on with Conference Of Heads Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) should be charged.
2. For the avoidance of doubt, approved fees for the 2016/2017 academic year is GHC 1400 without the above mentioned items.
However only schools that opted for the Cafeteria Services can charge additional GHC 600 for feeding as agreed by COHHETI.
3. Fees for additional items such as feeding fees, books, accommodation, uniforms, sports kits, etc should be considered as optional and should not be made compulsory for students.
4. Where there is the need to charge for additional fees as indicated above, approval should be sought from the Health Training Institutions Secretariat of the Ministry of Health before students are levied.
It is the hope of the Ministry that all institutions would adhere to the directives above to ensure coherence and uniformity in the fees charged by Health Training Institutions.
All Heads of agencies must adhere to this directive.
We thank you and may God bless us all.