An administrator has cautioned student nurses not to spend monies meant for school fees on their partners, but to use such monies for the intended purposes to make up for the struggles parents go through in ensuring that they remain in school.
Sumani Inusah, administrator of the Navrongo Community Health Nursing Training College, particularly admonished the male students of the school, to desist from using school fees to acquire expensive devices such as mobile phones for their girlfriends, when they have not settled approved school charges.
Speaking on the sideline at an engagement where students raised questions over a directive asking final years to make 80% settlement of fees before partaking in any academy activity in the school, Mr. Inusah, who had received the Upper East Regional Minister as she paid a working visit to the school as part of her rounds of tertiary educational institutions within the Navrongo Municipality, revealed that the disturbing practice of students spending their fees, has resulted in trainees owing the college over half a million cedis.
He explained that the school authorities have taken note of issue and the 80% fee settlement directive is part of measures put in place to discourage students from misappropriating their fee.
He strongly condemned the lavish spending behaviours of the students and urged them to refrain from actions that put their parents under additional financial burdens.
He said, “though there are a few genuine cases when students can’t pay fees for certain reasons, a lot of the times, students spent the school fees. We are aware of the huge spending you make on your girlfriends and boyfriends. The school is aware that a male student bought a mobile phone worth about GHC 2,800 for his girlfriend on her birthday.”
“Some of you have plasma televisions in your rooms. There are so many examples. It is very sad that you spend your fees on your girlfriends and make your rooms look good. Your parents will suffer to gather money for your fees and when they give it to you; you spend it on unnecessary things”.
“I remember how a veteran came here after we refused to release his wards results for owing us a huge amount in fees. He wept when we brought out all the documents to show that his ward owed the school. He could not believe that his child didn’t pay the fees he gave him. I felt sorry for the old man and I almost cried too. It was very bad”. Mr. Inusah narrated.
Mr. Inusah later used the opportunity to enumerate a number of challenges marring the smooth operations of the college and appealed to the Regional Minister for help in addressing some of the challenges.
Top on the list of challenges are the lack of accommodation for male students and staff of the school, portable drinking water and lecture halls.
For her part, the Upper East Regional Minister Paulina Patience Abayage assured the management and students of her unwavering support for the institution.
She stated that she will do everything humanly possible to expand facilities at the school to bridge the infrastructure deficit.
On life after college, Ambassador Abayage counseled the nursing trainees to be self-motivated and trust the systems as government works around the clock to pay up their allowances and provide employment opportunities for all nurses.