UG Revolution remake: nursing students lock gate to compound

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By Jomo Paul

Nursing students locked out of the compound. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – In what appears to be a striking semblance to recent protest action by the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS); students of the Georgetown Nursing School (GNS) on Tuesday morning padlocked the gates to the entrance of the institution.

For the past two weeks, students of the GNS have been protesting a decision purportedly taken by the GNS administration and the Ministry of Health to relocate them to the Kingston Annex.

The students are protesting the decision primarily because the annex does not have the capacity to hold the 406 students of the GNS. Additionally it lacks basic requirements such as a medical laboratory.

President of the Nursing Students Society, Maylene Thomas told reporters that despite their best efforts, they have been unable to meet with the Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran.

Thomas related “we haven’t talked to anybody as yet; no one. We approached him and he did not listen to us.”

She also explained that when the nurses arrived for classes this morning they saw the gates to the institution locked. Word quickly got around that one of the students had locked the gate, leaving the students stranded outside of the building.

“They said one of the students have the keys to the gates. So we are all out here because we are very much affected. We continue to voice our concerns,” lamented Thomas.

A representative from the Kingston Annex of the Nursing Students Association had made it clear that the facility is ill equipped to facilitate all of the students.

“I don’t see where this is going with the entire Kingston school that they said has a lot of space, I don’t see the space.”

The representative pointed out too that the Kingston annex is without some very basic necessities to facilitate the learning process for the nurses and the move would mean an additional strain on the already strung out resources.