In a statement cited by newsstandgh, the students described the February examination as a strange and "unfriendly policy"
Accordingly, the licencing examination is normally written on August and those who fail have another opportunity to write on February. In the case of UHAS the students were not registered for the August exams and are being asked to register and take the examination on February. This, some of the students think is unacceptable and unfair.
Read below the full release
For immediate release
To all media houses
August 23, 2017
"ALL MEANS MUST BE USED TO RESIST ANY FURTHER REGISTRATION OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY STUDENTS FOR FEBRUARY LICENSING EXAMS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH AND ALLIED SCIENCES (UHAS)"
It has become necessary that all forces must be joined to rescue Nursing and Midwifery students in UHAS from a very unfriendly policy which is being made to stay by the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) where licensing exams are only written when students have graduated from the university.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) organises Licensing Exams yearly in July/August for students who are about graduating from their various schools. A supplementary exams is also organized in February the following year for students who couldn't pass the August's.
In UHAS, Nursing and Midwifery students are not registered for this exams in August until they graduate before the Faculty (SONAM) decides when exactly the students should be registered for the exams.
The reason for not being registered for the August Exams whilst students are about graduating is that, they are not competent enough for the exams.
It is very shocking to know that the universities and the Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges write the same licensing exams so how can those at the colleges who go for three years are much competent but those of us going for four years can't be?
If we had graduated successfully from the university why can't we be competent for the August licensing exams??
As if it weren't enough "wasting" the time of the graduates coupled with paying for rents and stuff for the seven months which is avoidable, they (we) are being made to pay a MANDATORY fee for "preparation".
The Nursing and Midwifery pioneers(35 in number), who graduated last year were to have paid a mandatory Gh687 each of which they objected to it. The Dean (who then was acting) wasn't even ready to register them for February exams with the claim that they were still incapable of passing successfully.
The pioneers had to work with some lecturers to get registered before they wrote the exams last February.
This year, we (second batch alumni), 150, are to pay Gh560 each for the said preparation. This is without the registration fee for the exams which is also mandatory.
This policy is causing so much inconveniences for us in our various homes especially as we have to take the money from our parents who know very well that we have graduated from school.
We had thought those in charge of affairs at the faculty as our surrogate parents would have made things easier for us; the students and our parents but......
In all other Faculties, students who also write Licensing exams in their various fields do not face this unfair treatment. So how come it is always School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM).
I am pleading with the University Council, all Civil Society Organizations, parents, well meaning Ghanaians and all authorities who can help come to our aid. All efforts as students and even the support of some lecturers to fight against this heartless policy has proved futile.
Long Live University of Health and Allied Sciences
Long Live School of Nursing and Midwifery
(An uncertain candidate)
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