The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has canceled make-up programs at nursing training institutions in Nigeria.
The NMCN disclosed this in a memo from the office of the General Secretary/Council Recorder.
The memorandum, with the reference number N&MCN/SG/RO/CIR/24/VOL.5/54, was entitled “Abolition of the remedial program in nursing training institutions in Nigeria” and was dated December 28, 2022.
The document, which was seen by our correspondent, showed that the decision was approved by the board of the council at the emergency meeting held on December 20, 2022 and took effect from January 2023.
The council said the program was no longer needed with current reforms in nursing education and practice, as well as the availability of multiple examination boards, including the West African Examination Council, Higher School Certificate Examination, the National Examining Council and the National Commercial and Technical Council and the Examining Board, among others, whose certificates were acceptable for admission to nursing programs.
The memo read in part: “The continued implementation of such a program is overburdening existing facilities and has placed most nursing training institutions under constant strain.
“From now on, the person(s) to be admitted to nursing/midwifery programs must meet the admission requirements specified by the board as there will be no opportunity for a remedial program in nursing institutions. .
“Principals of institutions are hereby directed to hire additional assistant educators and to limit the number of support teachers in basic and medical sciences to a specified number, as outlined in the council guidelines for establishing nursing training programs.
Talking with saturday punch On the council’s decision, General Secretary/Registrar Faruk Abubakar said: “The board considered that there was no need to run the program now as it is no longer needed in Nigerian training institutions.”
“Anyone who wants to go to a recovery program should go to another conventional institution, not a nursing institution.”