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nursing thumb medium90 93BL Premium reports that the government has temporarily waived one of the multiple bureaucratic hurdles facing public nursing colleges, which need approval from several agencies before they can begin training nurses on SA’s new qualifications, which kick in from January.  

Without the necessary approvals, the colleges will not be able to take in any new students as they are prohibited from continuing with the old qualifications after the end of 2019.  With time running out to recruit new students, players in the sector fear the 2020 intake hangs in the balance, with potentially devastating implications.  Health minister Zweli Mkhize and higher education, science and technology minister Blade Nzimande announced on Thursday that they had agreed that SA’s 10 public nursing colleges, which provide the lion’s share of nursing education, can begin offering the new qualifications in January, pending their registration as institutions of higher education.  The development offers the colleges relief from a requirement for switching to the new qualifications, but like all nursing education institutions they also require accreditation from three other agencies — the SA Nursing Council, the Council for Higher Education, and the SA Qualifications Authority — before they can switch to the new qualifications.  At this stage, none of the public colleges have been accredited by the SA Nursing Council, which indicated that a list of accredited public nursing colleges would be published by mid-November.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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