Board crit­i­cises qual­ity of med­i­cal lab cour­ses

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

More than 2,500 med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory stu­dents seek­ing reg­is­tra­tion have been re­jected by the Kenya Med­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­ni­cians and Tech­nol­o­gists Board in two years. Chair­man Abel Onyango said 2,000 com­pleted stud­ies but were not rec­o­gised by the board. The re­main­ing 500 had been ad­mit­ted by both pri­vate and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions with­out meet­ing the min­i­mum re­quire­ments. “The board’s at­ten­tion has been drawn to the con­tin­ued non-com­pli­ance by some in­sti­tu­tions flout­ing statu­tory en­try re­quire­mens,” he said. “This has re­sulted in ir­reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion of un­qual­i­fied stu­dents to some in­sti­tu­tions.” At a press con­fer­ence in Nairobi yes­ter­day, Onyango said some in­sti­tu­tions have doc­tored let­ters claim­ing the board has low­ered the min­i­mum en­try re­quire­ments and are us­ing them to de­fraud stu­dents and par­ents. “Kenya has not run short of qual­i­fied stu­dents in­ter­ested in med­i­cal lab sci­ences to jus­tify some col­leges’ tar­get­ing un­qual­i­fied stu­dents for ad­mis­sion,” he said. The chair­man said the board will with­draw the pro­gramme from some in­sti­tu­tions, es­pe­cially pri­vate col­leges, that lack the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture, equip­ment and staff. “We re­cently con­cluded an au­dit of all the in­sti­tu­tions of­fer­ing this pro­gramme and we re­alised some do not have enough lec­tur­ers, while oth­ers are over-ad­mit­ting stu­dents,” Onyango said. All pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties of­fer the pro­gramme at de­gree level and 30 pri­vate col­leges of­fer diplo­mas. In 2014, the board abol­ished the train­ing of med­i­cal lab tech­ni­cians at cer­tifi­cate level to im­prove qual­ity.

JULIUS OTIENO

KMLTT board chair­man Abel Onyango in his of­fice yes­ter­day/

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