Nul­li­fy­ing leaked nurses’ ex­ams cor­rect, judge says

Court finds in favour of Denosa for re­write of pa­pers

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - VIR­GI­LATTE GWANGWA

THE SOUTH African Nurs­ing Coun­cil was cor­rect in nul­li­fy­ing the May ex­ams and call­ing for a re­write, the Pre­to­ria High Court has con­firmed.

Last month, the coun­cil re­leased a cir­cu­lar in which it stated that it had can­celled the May ex­ams af­ter a probe con­firmed that the four ques­tion pa­pers for the bridg­ing course had been leaked.

But the Demo­cratic Nurs­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of South Africa (Denosa) ob­jected, and its mem­bers protested out­side the coun­cil premises in Pre­to­ria to de­mon­strate their dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

On Fri­day, Judge Hans Fabri­cius agreed with the cir­cu­lar that the May ex­ams be nul­li­fied and that new exam pa­pers had to be set.

The ex­ams will be rewrit­ten on July 19 and 21, in line with Judge Fabri­cius’s ear­lier rul­ing in a case be­tween the Health and Other Ser­vice Per­son­nel Trade Unions of SA (Hospersa) and the nurs­ing coun­cil in June.

In that mat­ter, Hospersa had ap­plied for the post­pone­ment of re-ex­ams to al­low stu­dents enough time to study as the set date was too close. Re-ex­ams were ini­tially sched­uled for June 27 and June 30.

The act­ing reg­is­trar of the nurs­ing coun­cil, Sizeni Mchunu, said they ap­pre­ci­ated the rul­ing made on Fri­day. “It is in the in­ter­ests of the pub­lic to en­sure that the train­ing in­sti­tu­tions pro­duce qual­i­fied nurses who passed the ex­ams on their own strength, and will there­fore have the nec­es­sary knowl­edge to serve the pub­lic of South Africa,” she said.

Mchunu said the nul­li­fi­ca­tion was on the ba­sis of ev­i­dence that there was a se­cu­rity breach with exam pa­pers for the bridg­ing course for en­rolled nurses lead­ing to reg­is­tra­tion for gen­eral nurses and psy­chi­atric nurses.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still un­der way and we are still dis­mayed about the leak­ing of the exam pa­pers, es­pe­cially in the light of the ex­tra steps we have taken to en­sure con­fi­den­tial­ity,” she said.

Denosa, mean­while, said it would fight on. “Our lawyers are study­ing the judg­ment, but we would like to make it clear that the mat­ter is far from over,” said Denosa gen­eral sec­re­tary Os­car Phaka.

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