Tuesday, 10 April 2018
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng fully supports the ongoing protest by student nurses at Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg, which began yesterday, over non-delivery of books for their academic year four months into the year, and would still call on the Department of Health in the province to serious reconsider the disastrous bursary system that it has implemented without any shred of success.
Students have since been locked out of the gates at the college for demanding what fairly should have been provided to them long ago.
Since the bursary system was introduced, students have been disadvantaged in many years. Last years’ students only received their books in September, a month before they were due to write their final examinations.
Under the current bursary system, the Department undertook to provide students with notepads which would be loaded with e-books. But in few instances where those notepads were provided, they did not have the e-books which left students in limbo.
The harsh implementation of this bursary system is compromising on the quality of nursing education that these students are receiving, and the Department is the main cause of that.
DENOSA would once again plead with the National Minister of Health to intervene in this ongoing disaster before emotions of students run to uncontrollable levels. When they fail examinations, their hopes of becoming professional nurses are dealt a serious blow at the time the country is in dire need of nurses.
The clumsiness with which the province is handling student nurses matter is not different to their initial intention of not having intake of student for this year.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng
For more information and comment, contact:
Dimakatso Sebopa, DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Secretary
Mobile: 082 449 7457
Markos Ndlovu, DENOSA Gauteng Student Movement provincial chairperson
Mobile: 078 748 7835