Final year students of the Tamale School of Hygiene in the Northern Region on Monday joined their counterparts in Accra and Ho to boycott their end of semester examination for their exclusion as beneficiaries of the Health Trainees allowance scheme.
According to the students, their action was to re-echo previous calls on government to add them to the list of beneficiaries of the Health Trainees allowance. The end of semester exams had been scheduled to take place from Monday, July 20 to Friday July 25. However, the examination could not come on, because of the student’s agitations at the various campuses of allied health schools across the country.
The School of Hygiene students complained that the government had not been fair to them since the allowances of their colleagues in nursing and teacher training colleges had been restored. They lamented that all efforts to draw government’s attention to their concerns had proved futile.
Speaking to Diamond News, president of the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the Tamale campus of School of Hygiene, Kenneth A. Adongo said the government promised to restore the students’ allowances, but failed to include students of the three schools of hygiene in the country –Accra, Ho and Tamale.
He indicated that despite their roles in the health sector in the country, they have been neglected for so long. Adongo stated that the decision to boycott the end of semester exams is one among several actions they intend to take against government if they fail to address their concern.
Another student bemoaned the delay in restoring their allowances, saying “our allowances should be given to us, why are you [government] neglecting us?”
“We want our money, we will not rest , until we receive our monies,” and “for the end of semester exams, we will not write it until we get our money” another students stated.
The coalition of allied heath schools students across the country on Monday, July 20 boycotted their end of semester examination in demand for their inclusion in the student’s allowance scheme.
The Principal of the Tamale School of Hygiene, however, refused to comment on the issue when Diamond News contacted him.
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Read the full statement bellow
20TH JULY, 2020.
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE RESTORATION OF ALLIED HEALTH TRAINEES ALLOWANCES TO STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOLS OF HYGIENE
Good Morning to all listeners and members from the media,
We the Students Representative Council (SRC) and students of the schools of hygiene, recognizing our enormous roles and efforts in the preventive sector of Allied Health Trainees is once again drawing the attention of H. E. President Nana Akufo Addo and stakeholders to the petition we presented, seeking to be part of the list of Health Trainees allowance beneficiaries.
We, in a letter dated 10th October, 2019, reiterated the need for our students to be included in the list of beneficiaries of government’s restored allowances to health trainees in view of the importance of our services to the nation.
“We are still drawing the attention of President Akufo Addo, the Minister for Health (Hon. Kweku Agyemang-Manu) and our acclaimed Minister for Sanitation and water resources (Hon. Cecilia Dapaah) to our concerns raised in that letter and to assure them of our commitment to the national cause, especially as the President has expressed his determination to make Ghana cleaner and healthier”.
The “Coalition of Hygiene Students” has used several avenues in the very recent past to register our unhappiness at our exclusion from the list of student beneficiaries, a decision reportedly taken by the President, and would not want to resort to other further actions to register our grievances.
In another letter dated, 27th of February, 2020, our Coalition on behalf of all students sent a reminder to the Ministries of Health, Finance, Sanitation and Water Resources to stimulate their actions to add our students to the list of beneficiaries of this allowances but all efforts proved futile.
The role of Environmental Health officers coupled with Occupational Therapists and Occupational Health and Safety officers in the abatement of insanitary conditions, enforcement of sanitary regulations, Health Education, promotion and the maintenance of a healthy and safety at the working environment and habilitation and rehabilitation in hospitals and industries, homes and communities is very crucial in the development of this country and must not be left to chance.
“This is why we are calling on the President to pay attention to our petition using his high office to consider restoring the allowances long overdue to our students to motivate us, giving us the necessary alms, tools and skills to contribute our quota to national development.
“We do not want to be ignored, downplayed or neglected any longer. To show our disappointment at the treatment being meted to us by government, boycotting this end of semester exams is another step in a series of action we are considering if we do not get a satisfactory response from stakeholders. Thank you all.
RAYMOND ANOKYE DAITEY K. SILAS TETTEH
(NATIONAL CHAIRMAN) (GENERAL SECRETARY)
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MR. KENNETH ADONGO MR. JOSEPH BOAH
1ST NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT 2ND NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Why we need these Allowances
- Subsidize our fees -(our fees are too expensive)
- Enable our students Survive during their field attachments (Paying school fees as well as for accommodation, bills and Feeding) – our students suffer a lot on the field.
- Assist students with unavoidable necessities in other to acquire the requisite skills in our discipline.
- Improve admission, by giving hope and defense to financially handicapped but intellectual students to enroll in the Preventive sector so as to contribute their quota thereby improving the menaces of sanitation related problems in Ghana.