The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has been asked to reconsider the new requirement of grade A’ to C in core subjects, for applicants seeking tentry into health institution.
This is because it is preventing more applicants from gaining admission into health schools, leading to the production of inadequate number of health personnel in country.
Mr Mohammed Abdul Samed Gunu, New Patriotic Party (NPP), parliamentary aspirant for Savelugu, made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Saturday.
He noted that the National Youth Employment Programme module for health assistants had practically trained some youth, especially females, who were currently serving in some deprived communities.
Mr Gunu said some health assistants, combined work with studies to enable them to gain admission into nursing and community health training institutions.
He said students in the Savelugu/Nanton District expressed concern about the requirements, and appealed to the NAB to reconsider its decision.
Mr Gunu said the entry requirement should be relaxed and priority given to applicants to health institutions from the rural areas, majority who continued to apply with the hope of gaining admission.
He noted that the educational gap between the Southern and Northern parts of the country was wide, and that “this policy had the tendency of making the North backward in terms of development.”
Mr Gunu asked individuals, including students, chiefs and other opinion leaders to lobby or prevail on the NAB to reconsider the new policy. GNA