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Bolgatanga NTC Sacks Seven Students

2008-04-22 22:45:38
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Seven students (5 females and 3 males) of the Bolgatanga Nurses Training College (NTC) have been sacked for using fake results to gain admission into the institute.

The basic requirement into NTCs all over the country, are the results from Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), or the current West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), with a total aggregate of 24 or better.

These included at least grade ‘D’ or better in three Core Subjects - English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science - and passes in any three elective subjects.

Disclosing the dismissal of the seven students, in an interview with this reporter, the Principal of the institute, Mr. Moomin Musah, explained that the authorities of the institution dealt with photocopies of applicants’ result slips during interviews.

Afterwards, the original results of the applicants are verified from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), organizers of the SSCE/WASSCE, to ensure that fake certificates were not used.

This is then followed by the issuing of index numbers, by the Midwife Council of Ghana, to establish the status of qualified applicants as students.

The principal warned that applicants, who used fake results to apply for admissions, could be prosecuted.

He was however of the view that second cycle graduates, needed orientation on the consequences of faking results to gain admission.

Mr. Moomin said one other male student felt sick, and missed the whole of the first term, except the few weeks he spent after gaining admission.

The authorities have therefore written to him, withdrawing his status as a student.

The principal said the student failed to apply for deferment of his course, and would have to re-apply for fresh admission, whenever he recovers.

Meanwhile, the dismissed students will have to better their grades, for fresh admission, if only they would want to pursue nursing as a career.

Mr. Moomin disclosed that out of the 154 applicants, whose results were verified, 146 qualified, and were pursuing a 3-year diploma course in general nursing.

While the Bolgatanga NTC presented 73 candidates in the just-ended NTC final examinations, Bawku NTC presented 56 candidates.


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