Al­leged leaks mean nurses must re­write ex­ams

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THE Demo­cratic Nurs­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of South Africa (Denosa) in­tends to take le­gal action against the South African Nurs­ing Coun­cil (SANC) for in­sist­ing that all stu­dents must re­write their May ex­ams.

The ex­ams were an­nulled fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that the May pa­per was leaked, and SANC came up with new dates for when the ex­ams will be rewrit­ten.

SANC has also said the stu­dents must not con­tact it di­rectly re­gard­ing the mat­ter, but should rather con­tact the prin­ci­pals of the nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

Sizeni Mchunu, the act­ing reg­is­trar and chief ex­ec­u­tive of SANC, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing and the nec­es­sary action against those in­volved would be in­sti­tuted as soon as in­ves­ti­ga­tions were com­pleted.

“A se­cu­rity breach of this na­ture does not only af­fect in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates, but de­mol­ishes the cred­i­bil­ity of the en­tire exam and the in­tegrity of nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion in gen­eral,” said Mchunu.

Denosa spokesper­son Sbongiseni Dal­ih­lazo said his or­gan­i­sa­tion had taken le­gal action against SANC for the de­ci­sion to have the ex­ams rewrit­ten.

“We have re­ceived calls and emails from par­ents who are frus­trated be­cause they have been with their chil­dren who men­tion how in­tense the prepa­ra­tions were and they know how com­mit­ted their chil­dren were,” said Dal­ih­lazo.

“The over­whelm­ing feel­ing is that SANC chose to take an easy way out by an­nulling the exam and set­ting new dates while their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still un­der way, thereby pun­ish­ing every stu­dent for some­thing that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion may prove to have been done by only a few stu­dents, or per­haps not by stu­dents at all.”

*Nomsa, a 42-year-old mother-of-two who is in her fi­nal year, said she did not make use of leaked pa­pers but rather stud­ied hard.

“How can we all be pun­ished for some­thing a few in­di­vid­u­als did? I had to take an­nual leave for the prepa­ra­tion of my ex­ams,” said the frus­trated woman.

She added that stu­dents were only re­cently told about the new dates. She said she had no time to pre­pare for the ex­ams, which will be writ­ten in about seven days’ time.

Mbuso Mvula, who is a sec­ond-year nurs­ing stu­dent, said he was very dis­ap­pointed as he had made time to pre­pare for the ex­ams.

Even when he was still wait­ing for his re­sults, Mvula said he knew he had done well.

“It is very frus­trat­ing and it pains me that I have to re­write with very lit­tle time on my side,” said Mvula.

An­other stu­dent, who wished to re­main anony­mous, told The Star she did not be­lieve it was the stu­dents who leaked the pa­pers but rather one of the of­fi­cials, as they were the ones who had ac­cess to the exam pa­pers.

“It’s de­mo­ti­vat­ing to know that I have to write the ex­ams again, when I had noth­ing to do with the leaked pa­pers.

“I re­ally had to study hard on my own,” the young woman said.

NURSES UP IN ARMS: Denosa mem­bers protest at the SANC of­fices in Tsh­wane over the an­nul­ment of ex­ams writ­ten in May.

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