By Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, Aug. 31, GNA
– The Ministry of Health has asked heads of three Nursing Colleges to step
aside for their deputies to allow for further investigations into the charging
of arbitrary fees for the 2016/2017 academic year.
They include the
Heads of Mampong Nursing and Midwifery College, Cape Coast Nursing Midwifery
College and School of Dispensary Optics, Oyoko.
The Minister of
Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, was addressing the media in Accra on the current
happenings in the health training institutions.
He said government
is not happy with the practice as the exorbitant nature of such fees are
defeating the purpose of getting genuinely interested people in providing
health care into the institutions as against those who can afford it.
Mr Segbefia said
the ministry had learnt that some of the Christian Health Association of Ghana
(CHAG) schools are charging an extra amount of GH₵500.00 as logistic support,
which was unacceptable.
He therefore called
for the immediate refunding of such monies to students, adding that those fees
He cautioned that
all other Nursing Training Institutions are being monitored and further actions
may be taken regarding other schools when found culpable.
“The ministry would
not tolerate any institution under its mandate disregarding laid down policies
and procedures,” he said.
Mr Segbefia urged
the heads and school managements to only charge the approved fees from the
Ministry as agreed by the Conference of Heads Health Training Institutions
He said the
approved fees for the 2016/2017 academic year is GH₵1400.00 without any
logistics fees however, only schools that have opted for cafeteria services
could charge additional GH₵600.00 for feeding as agreed by COHHETI.
He said items such
as feeding fees, books, accommodation, uniforms, and sports kits among others
should be considered as optional and not be made compulsory for students.
“Where there is
need to charge for additional fees as indicated above, approval should be
sought from the Health Training Institutions Secretariat of the Ministry before
students are levied.”
He urged all
institutions to adhere to the directives to ensure coherence and uniformity in
the fees charged by the Health Training Institutions.
He said the board
of Mampong Nursing Training and Midwifery College has been dissolved since its
four-year mandated term had elapsed, saying a new board would be constituted