The DENOSA Student Movement in Northern Cape held its Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting at DENOSA Provincial Office this past weekend where it deliberated on a number of health and student-related challenges in the province.
The PSM sat at a time of International Day of elimination of violence against women and the beginning of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children in South Africa. PEC fully supports the campaign of sixteen days of activism on No Violence Against Women and Children and calls for respect and protection of women and children.
ON NURSING EDUCATION:
The PEC noted with great concern that the province is not yet ready for the new nursing qualification that will be implemented in 2019, and this leaves the uncertainties as to what will happen to the nursing education in the province. Currently at the nursing college level, PSM further noted the huge shortage of lecturers at the institution, with lecturers leaving in numbers with no replacement taking place.
The PSM calls for urgent appointment of lecturers before the 2018 academic year starts. We further make a call to the Department of Health to provide necessary study materials on time to the nursing students, and update simulation laboratory which further compromise the quality of nurses produced in the institution. Doing so will improve the pass rate at the nursing college. The PSM also called for urgent appointment of the clinical preceptors that will ensure that clinical accompaniment and support for nursing students are met as per the Nursing Strategy.
We further note the constant delay of Community Service nurses placement and challenges with the post community service nurses absorption throughout the province, and a constant three month extension of four years every year as the registration process for community service are always delayed by the institution. The PSM calls on the Department of Health to ensure that the fourth years nursing students commence their community nursing serve on time.
The PSM would like to acknowledge and congratulate the student nurses who worked very hard throughout the semester exams to improve the OUTPUT in the institution which has been a great concern in the province for the past few years.
ON SHORTAGE OF ACCOMODATION:
The PSM has noted that the nursing students’ accommodation is still a matter of grace concern to date, as the nurses’ home that is under construction has been on hold to date. As to when construction will resume, it has not been communicated. PSM is further noting that Northern Cape Department of Health is now specialising in placing students in guest houses, which PSM finds it difficult to understand because this is draining the Department of Health financially. The PSM has resolved to engage the Head of Department urgently to pave a way forward in saying:
- Placing nursing students at guest houses was a temporary solution for September and October Months, However, the DoH is now silent.
- All nursing students should be under one roof as per nursing strategy 2014-2017.
- The Nurses home, nursing college and accredited clinical facilities should be a walking distance for nursing students as per the prescripts of South African Nursing Council (SANC), the regulatory body for nursing in South Africa.
ON FREE EDUCATION:
The Provincial Student Movement has noted that the Commission of Enquiry into Higher Education and Training has released its report that is totally not responding to the feasibility of Fee- Free Higher Education and Training. The PSM is whole-heartedly rejecting the report, because it is an embarrassment to the youth of this country. We resolved that as PSM, we fully support the Fee-Free decolonized Higher Education and Training and we further call upon the youth and students of this country to unite like never before and rally behind the Fee-Free Decolonized Education and Training, because this will be possible if the freedom charter can be implemented as a matter of urgency.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Student Movement in Northern Cape.
For more information, contact:
Segametsi Cidraas, Student Movement Provincial Secretary
Dimpho Disipi, Student Movement Provincial Chairperson