The education of professional students like nurses and midwives requires a collaborative effort to provide quality training for them, Dr Victoria Amoah, the Principal of the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Tepa has stated.
Dr Amoah made the statement when she was addressing the second matriculation ceremony of the College at Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North District of the Ashanti Region.
The ceremony marked the official admission into the College of 882 students comprising 122 males and 760 females who gained admission in the 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic years to pursue training to attain career in a two-year Nurse Assistant Clinical and a three-year diploma in Registered General Nursing and Midwifery professions.
She said government was constrained by limited budgetary allocations to adequately support the school and there was the need for a shift to greater reliance on parents and stakeholders’ in the effort to provide quality training for the students.
Dr Amoah emphasized that the College had “wide range training challenges” including inadequate physical infrastructure and therefore appealed to stakeholders to pool both human, material and fiscal resources to promote quality teaching and learning.
She said the College had two campuses – Anyinasosu and Tepa, saying the situation posed many challenges like difficulty and high cost of commuting between the two locations on daily basis because of inadequate transport facility.
Dr Amoah said the College needed a bigger and stronger bus to facilitate quality, effective teaching and learning as well as clinical and practical works outside the campus because some of the students lived at Anyinasosu but attended lectures at the Tepa campus and vice-versa.
Mr Augustine Yaw Boamah, a Deputy Director in-charge of administration at the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate advised the matriculants to be disciplined in all aspects of their training to qualify as fully-fledged qualified nurses and midwives.
He reminded them to be guided by the ethics and disciplinary codes of the profession as the level of discipline determined the kind of image, either positive or negative on themselves and the College whilst in professional practice.