Principal of Tepa Nursing Training College debunks fraud allegations

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 The Principal of Tepa Nursing and Midwifery Training College in Kumasi has debunked media reports accusing her and the accountant of the school of fraud and financial malfeasance.

Investigations by media houses including Luv FM had revealed that Victoria Amoah and Charles Asamoah cannot account for over GHS1 million in development levies, hostel and other fees paid by students.

The Principal and Accountant of Tepa Nursing and Midwifery Training College have deserted the school following media reports of alleged admission fraud and financial malfeasance of over GHC1 million against them.

The situation the reports said has persisted since 2011 to 2016 while students endure congestion and unsanitary conditions.

There is evidence that authorities issued fake receipts bearing the stamp of the accountant for interview and results verification fees.

An estimated GHC52,500 cedis in matriculation fees paid by five streams of Health Assistant students remains unaccounted for though no ceremony has taken place from 2011 to 2015.

Over GHC142,000 cedis realised in double charging of students in development levies per year is suspected to have gone into private pockets.

Several thousands of Ghana cedis spent on travels by Mrs Amoah as well as huge volumes of fuel drawn illegally by the Principal and the accountant have left stakeholders in shock.

Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor who has been investigating developments in the returned to gauge the mood of students after the first report which prompted national security action.

In the midst of such shady deals, Tepa Nursing and Midwifery school is confronted with many challenges, the reporter said.

Students told Luv News that for the past two weeks, the school has been without water supply due to a broken down pumping machine.

This has led to unsanitary conditions at the lavatories, as the students have to trek two miles to fetch from a public borehole.

Also, the school has no defined land boundary as students share space with stray animals.

The male hostel which houses about 80 students is congested and the female students use a dilapidated structure as a place of convenience. Students and other stakeholders are demanding a probe into all the allegations to restore sanity in the school.

Checks by Luv News also revealed that the Principal and Accountant have deserted the school, but speaking exclusively to Joy News, Madam Amoah described the allegations as false.

"I saw the news on Monday with allegations levelled against me and my accountant for financial malfeasance of GHC10 million. I want to state that the allegations are not true. 

"There has been nothing like that and no Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) officials has made any attempt to see me and the school has not been deserted," she said.

According to her, she was invited to Accra by the sector Minister to tell him her side of the stories making the rounds.

She was emphatic that she has not gone into hiding.