Mr. Daniel Oppong Kyeremeh, President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), has said that about two hundred (200) volunteer teachers will be sent to areas that have been affected by the spills from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams.
“One of the pivotal things we are going to do is to roll out voluntary teaching mechanisms. It is the first of its kind. Hopefully, tomorrow we will be sending about two hundred teachers to areas in the Volta Region. For the past three days, we have been training the volunteers to ensure that they stick to the new curriculum,” Mr. Kyeremeh said.
He said this while speaking on the Campus Exclusive program on the University of Ghana’s campus-based radio station.
He explained that teachers who would normally be in the classroom had also been affected by the spillage, necessitating the need for volunteers to fill in for them.
On the subject of unpaid nursing trainee allowances, Mr Kyeremeh stated that the union is working with major stakeholders to ensure that the long-overdue arrears are paid.
“In the coming days, one of the things we will be doing is working on the nursing trainees’ allowances. It has been eighteen months. We have started engagements with the Minister of Health to find a proper structure in place to help facilitate the payment of allowances. Hopefully, by the end of the year, the ministry will clear the debt log,” he said.
He assured the union’s commitment to ensuring that the affected students’ needs are met, particularly in terms of education.
He urged private and public institutions to work with NUGS to provide the necessary assistance to these students.
“Currently, we don’t have any organisation supporting us. We are the NUGS so possibly we will have to withdraw our own allowances to make sure that things work out and make sure that the lives of these children are secured. We are calling all organizations, CSOs, governmental bodies and everyone to partner NUGS in this noble initiative.”