Former President John Dramani Mahama said his government will not stop paying nurse and teacher trainees allowances if it wins the 2020 presidential election.

The issue of training grants was an important issue for the pre-2016 election campaign.

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The NDC government at that time withdrew the allowance of teachers and nurses in 2014, despite strong pressure on the government to overturn such a decision.

At that time, Mahama insisted that the decision would allow the government to expand various health and education infrastructures in the country and lift restrictions on acceptance for various trainee schools.

However, the NPP government reinstated the policy after winning the 2016 poll.

In one of his interactive digital talks, “Let’s Talk with JM,” Mahama said his government will not revoke the quota if he was elected president in the upcoming elections.

“You know this was a very critical issue on the eve of the 2016 election. I said we will include health and education trainee students in the student loan program. What I’m saying towards the 2020 election is that we will maintain the status quo. This means that we will continue to pay trainee benefits, but will increase and adjust student loans to serve the same purpose as these benefits. ”

“In this way, we will increase the amount under the Student Loans Fund and not give it to you as a lump sum, but periodically so that you can continue to use it for the purpose you intend. After we do this and it’s interesting and good enough for you, we will migrate to student loan programs. So if I become president on 7 January 2021, we will maintain the status quo. This means that we will continue to pay the allowance. As we improve and make it attractive to all students, we will migrate to student loan programs. That is my position from now on,” he said.

The cancellation of the allowance by the Mahama government at that time was met with strong resistance from the trainees and part of the Ghanaian community.

Groups such as the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association (GNMTA) warned the Mahama administration of it decision.

At that time, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to return the quota if it wins the 2016 general election.

At that time, John Mahama strongly defended this move and even said that “it is better to lose in general than win with falsehood. We will not retract the decision.”

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