Tamale Nursing Training College in Crisis
2005-11-23 12:09:40This article has been read 1118 times.The water crisis in the Tamale metropolis that has bedeviled the socio-economic gains of the inhabitants for some decades now is still at its peak.
The situation is currently affecting not only individuals and some organizations, but also almost all the educational institutions in the area. The management and entire student body of the Tamale Nursing Training College (TNTC) have passionately challenged the Ministry of Works and Housing and, for that matter, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), to live up to their official responsibility at providing adequate flow of quality drinking water for the school.
According to the school, they were aware that the Ministry of Health had paid money in advance to the GWCL to supply the school with water, but the deal, as they contended, it seemed is not to being implemented for long a time now.
Currently, the TNTC, which has employed a private water supplying tanker, is said to be spending over Â¢120 million on water annually, yet it could not meet the students' demands on water.
The Chronicle unannounced visit to the school revealed that the students and their tutors spend over four to five studying hours in search for drinking water everyday.
A tutor of the school, Mr. Valentine Ayangba and the President of Students Representative Council (SRC), Master Asipola Elvis, in separate interviews, told the paper that, the recent water crisis in the school was a big financial drain on the administration's finances and that had also resulted in a not conducive atmosphere for learning.
They said that the management and the SRC executives have made several efforts through petitions to the Ministry of Health to prevail upon the GWCL regarding the water shortage facing the school, but all fell on deaf ears of the Ministry.
It was observed by the paper that, the school was facing not only the abject water problem, but was also engulfed with lack of accommodation facility for tutors and students, improper infrastructure development as well as inadequate teaching and learning materials.
TNTC, which has a student population of 600, could boast of only five classrooms, a sub-standard library and not even a single computer or computer laboratory, despite the fact that the school was running compulsory computer courses.
Strangely enough, the five-classroom block and the school's administration, as well as the dining-hall, were sitting on a time bomb as they were dangerously bore wall cracks.
Each of the five classrooms, which were supposed to accommodate 45 students for every lesson now contains over 115 students resulting in serious congestion.
Desks for students to attend classes were also identified as another challenge for the management of the TNTC, which allows majority of the students to stand on their feet for hours and peep through windows during lectures.
About five of the tutors who spoke to The Chronicle complained that they could not effectively undertake their duties and on time, because, according to them, tutors had to hang around during their periods to allow one master to complete his lesson due to lack of classrooms.
They also complained about teachers' accommodation, saying, "Over 70% of the tutors have no accommodation."
They emphasized that the kind of treatment given the school by the government and the Health Ministry would at the end determine the performance of the students produced from the school. "A poorly trained nurse is a hazard to the society," they said.
The Chronicle gathered that, the government as part of improving the infrastructure of the school allotted Â¢1.5 billion for an expansion work on the TNTC but the money has since 2003 been locked up at the Health Ministry.
Several efforts by the school authority to access the money had proved unsuccessful.
Meanwhile the Tamale Nursing Training College is said to be the third largest nursing training college in the country now, but remains one of the poorest nursing institutions.