NR:Examiners And Invigilators Demand The Payment Of Their Allowance from Nursing and Midwifery Council

Some examiners and invigilators of the Nursing and midwifery of Ghana in the Northern region have called on stakeholders to intervene in the payment of their 2018 allowance.

In a petition, copied to NorthernWebGh.com said the delay of the allowance is a sign of disloyalty on the part of the nursing and midwifery council.

According to the fifty (50) petitioners, they duly conducted numerous practicum and written examinations for the basic nursing and midwifery, as well as nurse assistant programmes, but the council has failed to accomplish their part of the dealings.

To them, the one year deferral of the allowances is disincentive and unacceptable, hence they would soon advise themselves accordingly. The petitioners further indicated that several complaints which has been lodge with chief examiners have proven futile.

The devastated petitioners therefore called on stakeholders in the health sector to warrant the payment of the delayed allowance.

Read the full petition.

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF GHANA

NO. 30 ADAMAFIO CRESCENT, OPKONGLO

POST OFFICE BOX MB44

ACCRA.

GHANA.

ATTN: 1. THE REGISTRA

  1. THE GOVERNING BOARD

25TH JANUARY, 2019.

PETITION: DELAYED PAYMENT OF EXAMINATION AND TRANSPORT ALLOWANCES OF EXAMINERS AND INVIGILATORS

We, the undersigned, on behalf of our colleagues in Northern Region and beyond, would like to bring to your notice the following issues and demands, following the council’s failure to pay examiners and invigilators earned allowances for the year 2018. We conducted numerous practicum and written examinations, on behalf of the council, for the basic nursing and midwifery, as well as, nurse assistant programmes. Having duly examined and invigilated these examinations for the council, the council has failed to honour the examination and travelling allowances due us, with the exception of the first phase of the RGN/RMN/RM/RCHN examination, which was paid in August 2018 for an examination that took place in February 2018.

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To this end, we want to state the following:

That the close to a year delay in paying the allowances of examiners and invigilators is a big disincentive and unacceptable.

That numerous complaints of non-payment of the allowances have been lodged with chief examiners to no avail.

That the excuse of some account numbers being invalid should not be used as an excuse, since the majority of examiners and invigilators have their account particulars in order.

That the amounts paid to examiner and invigilators, on several occasions, fell short of the amounts they signed for on the vouchers during the examinations.

That the council in some instances failed to pay some examiners and invigilators at all.

That the rates of the allowances have not seen an upward adjustment for a long time, despite the increase in the cost of travelling to and from examination centres, in addition to the increase in student numbers over the years.

That the delay and meagre amount of the allowance is resulting in very experienced examiners and invigilators turning down invitations to conduct examinations.

In view of these, we make the following demands:

That the delayed allowances for the whole of 2018 be paid to examiners and invigilators immediately, before the next examination invitations (March 2019). These are allowances that have been earned.

That, going forward, examination allowances should be paid at post examination conferences.

We suggest NMC explore innovative and fast ways of paying these allowance, such as the options of either using the various regional NMC office accounts and account officers or make use of mobile money services to effect immediate payment to examiners and invigilators during post examination conferences.

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That the council’s prepared examination and invigilation allowance vouchers will only be signed during the allowance payment process at post examination conferences.

That, where account numbers of some examiners are problematic, the majority whose account numbers are correct should be paid immediately.

That subjecting the examiners and invigilators, whose accounts are in order, to this undue delay is unfair.

That we propose an upward adjustment of 50% for examinations and 50% for travelling and transport allowances.

We would like the council to note that a coalition of examiners and invigilators in northern and other regions have taken the firm decision to boycott all forms of examinations organised by the council this year and beyond until our demands are addressed or good faith is shown in addressing them.

It is our hope that these issues will be given the serious attention that it deserves so that, together, we can all ensure that only qualified and experienced examiners and invigilators are used for conducting licensing examinations for the council.

We also believe that this petition is the right and diplomatic way to register our grievances. As such, we do not expect this petition to cause the blacklisting or victimization of any of the petitioners.

We count on your immediate action.

UNPAID NMC EXAMINERS AND INVIGILATORS

CC:

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT, GRNMA, ACCRA

THE CHIEF DIRECTOR, MOH, ACCRA

THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, MOH, ACCRA

THE PRESIDENT, COHHETI

THE NURSE EDUCATORS GROUP

THE NORTHERN REGIONAL ZONAL COORDINATOR, NMC, TAMALE

THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF NURSING , TAMALE, NORTHERN REGION

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THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING SERVICES, TAMALE TEACHING HOSPITAL

THE REGIONAL CHAIRMAN, GRNMA, TAMALE, NORTHERN REGION

Source-NorthernWebGh.com/Ibrahim Nurudeen Naporo

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