By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Some 20 nurses who completely failed the previous Professional Nursing Programme examinations and were allowed to re-sit the assessment have failed again, according to Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran.
Speaking to iNews this morning, Minister Ramsaran said while there were significant positive increases from last year in four papers, the “entire group of 20 persons who totally failed last year exam have collectively failed again.”
He explained that out of the five papers; one nursing exam seems to be giving the trouble.
“In the other papers, we have from 61 percent passes to 88 percent passes while in that paper, we have 22 percent passes,” Dr. Ramsaran said; adding this number is an increase from last year.
The Minister said this persistent failing has raised questions on the formulation of a new policy.
“Do like private schools do? We know that private entities screen students and they cannot take the exam unless you are expected to pass,” he added.
The Minister further noted that “the nation should not be overtly alarmed because the Ministry is on top of it,” adding that “We are still analyzing to see if the entry qualification specifications are being breached because strict rules were put in place.”
He said while the renovations are being done to improve the conditions of the building which houses the nurses, the Ministry has engaged the University of Guyana and regional nursing body along with other centers of learning with the aim of improving curriculum and the delivery of nursing training.
Meanwhile, iNews was told that the paper in which the failing persist is the paper being taught by the Principal Tutor (ag) Cleopatra Barkyle. Accusations are that the woman has been tardy in teaching the paper.
Also, iNews was informed that the students are being taught the paper in fewer hours than the curriculum prescribes. Students allege that Barkyle has been deliberate in frustrating the students.
When contacted by iNews, Barkyle was very hostile and refused to offer any comment or respond to the accusations leveled against her.