Students of the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College (BNTC) have not received their monthly allowances in the past four months, Whatsup News has gathered.
According to the President of their Students Representative Council (SRC), Mr. Benjamin Asaana Ndegumah, since April their allowances have not been coming pleading with the Upper East Regional Minister visited the College, Mr. Stephen Yakubu, to intervene.
“There are inconsistencies in the payment. Some get it, others don’t. We have some students who still have not received any. We made follow-ups to the Ministry and what they tell us is that they are working on it,” Mr. Ndegumah said, adding, “So, we plead with the Minister to intervene for us. The irregularities in the allowances are a major problem to us.”
The regional Minister was at the school to interact with staff and students as part of his tour of health training institutions in the Region.
In addition to the allowance arrears, the SRC President also lamented about poor infrastructure, including bad roads without streetlights that have made it opportune for robbers to operate within the area.
He also appealed for computers and books for their libraries and laboratories.
Meanwhile, the Principal of the College, Mr. Williams Sebil, has said despite the numerous challenges of the College, it has been producing highly qualified nurses for the country.
“If you check the records of the College, we have produced a lot, some of them are Nurse Tutors, District Directors of Health Services in this Region and beyond. The College has achieved a lot in terms of academics,” he said.
According to him, the College had 89.4 percent pass in the 2020 Nursing and Midwifery Council’s licensing examination, and that referred students from that examination who rewrote, got 100 percent pass.