The deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, has assured the pregnant nurses who spoke against decision to bar them from taking their exams due to their conditions will not be victimised.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council Tuesday ordered principals of nursing schools to allow pregnant students and nursing mothers to write their examinations.
Over the last months, principals of two midwifery schools; the Pantang Midwifery School and the Gushegu Nursing Training College have been in the news for preventing pregnant students from taking part in ongoing exams.
The cases sparked a backlash with some of the affected students vowing to defy the directive from their authorities. Some of the principals have insisted the rule is a directive from the Midwifery Council.
But the Registrar of the National Midwifery Council, Felix Nyanteh, in an interview with Starr News’ Naa Dedei Tettey said there is no such directive which prevents pregnant and nursing mothers from writing exams.
He said: “We had a meeting and brought all the principals together chaired by the deputy minister of health, Tina Mensah and the conclusion of the matter is that from today onward no principal will bar students from writing licensing exams or any college exams and the reason is that we do not have any laws in our statues; that if you are pregnant you cannot take any exams”.
Commenting on the development Wednesday, Ms Mensah expressed delight that the impasse has been resolved, assuring that “the students who have come out to make their concerns known will not be victimized.”