CHAM students irked by council’s supplementary exams

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Students under Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) have protested the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi’s (NMCM) decision to hold supplementary exams this month.

The concerned students’ secretary Sunganani Gondwe has faulted the council for giving them a short period of time to prepare for the exams.

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CHAM students cry out loud. (File)

The council through a letter dated April 3, with reference number: NC/A/RGR26 vol II disclosed that students who failed licensure exams last year will write supplementary exams this month.

But speaking in an interview with Malawi24, Gondwe said the students wanted to write the exams in the month of May.

“The period that was given is too short for one to go and process all the requirements and the council demands that we should go and pay direct to the Secretariat in Lilongwe and we feel some are likely to fail due to travel cost,” said Gondwe.

He added that the students are to hold demonstrations in Lilongwe against the decision of writing the exams this month.

“With the Easter holiday it is not possible for us to have it within the week but next week we should be in position of having the demonstrations right now we are waiting for the Lilongwe City Council to give us a go ahead,” he added.

The students wore angry faces over 75 percent failure rate for last year’s licensure exams. Out of 669 students from CHAM nursing colleges, 168 passed the exams.

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5 Comments

  1. its up to student to follow the college`s timetable and attend sup.
    they were studing since they register its not like they started to study since they were told to attend sup

  2. I totally agree with you,,,
    however I found hard to believe that you belong to these called NNCM,,
    I don’t believe out of 700-800 students only 160 were brilliant to pass what you call multiple choice questions
    Nncm you are so cruel when it comes to treat our poor students
    I know your daughters can not learn from these CHARM colleges but ours as you have put it ,failed, (opanda mzeru) is where we have all hope that will acquire education
    So don’t think you have won this battle;I mean whatever evil thing you do to our failed students God will punish you before you die….

    Remember God loves us all but the consequences of the sin comes after us

  3. I totally agree with you,,,
    however I found hard to believe that you belong to these called NNCM,,
    I don’t believe out of 700-800 students only 160 were brilliant to pass what you call multiple choice questions
    Nncm you are so cruel when it comes to treat our poor students
    I know your daughters can not learn from these CHARM colleges but ours as you have put it ,failed, (opanda mzeru) is where we have all hope that will acquire education
    So don’t think you have won this battle;I mean whatever evil thing you do our failed students God will punish you before you die
    Remember God loves us all but the consequences of the sin comes after us

  4. I totally agree with you,,,
    however I found hard to believe that you belong to these called NNCM,,
    I don’t believe out of 700-800 students only 160 were brilliant to pass what you call multiple choice questions
    Nncm you are so cruel when it comes to treat our poor students
    I know your daughters can not learn from these CHARM colleges but ours as you have put it ,failed, (opanda mzeru) is where

  5. NMCM should not succumb to the pressures from these failed nurses. They should not dictate when the exams should be written but should follow the institution’s time table! They first wanted a remark of their exams but after being told that most of the questions were multiple questions and could not be remarked now they want a reschedule the exams! How did the 168 students pass? These failed students have not mastered the nursing skills hence their failure of the exams and if allowed to practice in our hospitals these half-baked nurses will be a danger to patients. Passing these examinations is proof that they have become qualified nurses. NMCM should stick to their examination standards. Demonstrations or no demonstrations, standards must be maintained!!!!!!!

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