By Emmanuel Okwii
Students of a prominent nursing school in Lira are currently stranded after it was disclosed that the school in which they had been undergoing training for the last two years was not registered with the Uganda Midwives and Nurses Council and therefore could not conduct end of training examinations and pass out.
The students, most of whom hail from Amuria, Katakwi, Dokolo, Soroti, Lira and Kumi districts had allegedly been duped by the administration of Uganda Christian Institute School of Nursing, a subsidiary of Christian Institute for Professional Development –Lira, that they would be trained free of charge since the school was under the management of an NGO.
One of the students who spoke to Uganda Picks said that the school lacked accommodation and didn’t have qualified instructors though it had been operational from 2010.
“We have been sharing accommodation with staff members. We have also been paying up to shs1.5M per semester yet by the time we were admitted, we were promised free training,” Sam Ongiit said.
The school’s director, Mr. Sam Omara, said that it was indeed true that the nurses school had not been registered as had been reported.
“We are still in the process of registration with the nurses’ body in the country and hope to do so when the premises have been inspected and approved,” Omara said.
The students are now appealing to political leaders and stakeholders in the country to come to their rescue since they had been cheated and are likely to walk out without academic testimonials from the school.