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Ministry of health scraps O' Level Maths as requirement for nurse training

by Staff reporter
08 Apr 2024 at 01:25hrs | Views
The ministry of health has quietly scrapped the requirement to have passed O' Level Mathematics for one to qualify for nurse training.

The requirements were tweaked more a decade ago, compelling Zimbabweans seeking to train as nurses and many other disciplines to have passed Maths, English and Science with at least grade C or better.

In a surprise turn, the ministry of health's latest call for trainee nurses is silent on the Maths requirement.

A newspaper advert inserted by the ministry in a daily paper last week said applicants for the latest intake, whose deadline is April 21, are required to have "a minimum of 5 O' Level subjects with passes in English Language and a science subject and three others (excluding practical subjects which are fashion and fabrics, metal work, graphic art, and woodwork) at Grade C or better obtained at not more than two sittings with full certificates as examination result slips are not accepted."

Applicants should not be younger than 17 years or older than 30 years by May 13, 2024, the ministry added.

The government recently banned medical professionals from embarking on indefinite strikes as ministers also questioned their patriotism.

The new recruitment criteria could see under-qualified youths affiliated to the ruling Zanu PF party being seconded for nurse training, a tactic used in army recruitment.

Hospitals which do the nurse training have sinxe 2015 complained about the centralisation of nurse recruitment in Harare through a discredited online application process, which the government now appears to have fully abandoned.

The advert published in the Herald newspaper says applicants must drop their application letters at their nearest general nurse training schools.

Hospital chiefs however say the recruitment of trainee nurses still by-passes senior medical personnel or chief medical officers of the institutions.

"In the end we just get a list. Now it's probably going to be a list of people who barely qualify," said one senior doctor of a major referral hospital.

Source - zimlive