A group of unemployed nurses who were privately trained are asking government to close down all private nursing training schools in the country if it cannot employ them into the public sector.
The nurses have since their graduation in 2013 remained unemployed. Consistent appeals to the government and demonstrations to pressure government to employ them have also not yielded results.
The leadership accused the government of only employing nurses trained by state-run institutions leaving the private trained nurses stranded, noting “but we all write the same exams, have the same certificate and have same accreditation”
“We are therefore asking President John Dramani Mahama to close down all the private health training schools and private nursing training schools if there will be no equal job opportunities for us”.
They have also appealed to parents to stop sending their wards to private nursing schools because their efforts to push their children into the health service sector will be a waste if the current system is not changed.
On Thursday the group was prevented from picketing at the Flagstaff House in Accra as part of a series of demonstrations to put pressure on the government to employ them. The Police say they failed to secure the necessary permits.
They told Onua News that they had taken all the necessary steps to draw the government’s attention to their plight but the government has remained adamant, as it has refused to address their concerns.
Maxwell Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com