Nursing students postpone protest after assurance to form a committee

KARACHI:09 August: Students of various nursing institutions decided to seize their protest on Monday for one day against the various 'irregularities' in examination results after the assurance from Sindh Health Department to form a committee to scrutinize their papers.

Trainee nurses of various medical institutions were on province-level protest against the controller of the Sindh Nursing Examination Board for giving 'unfair marks' and 'demanding money from students to pass them in exams'.

In Karachi they also staged at Karachi Press Club and blamed that a large number of male and female nursing students were failed in exams for refusing to pay money to board officials.

"Today Director Health Karachi Dr Muhammad Taufiq, met with the protesting nurses and assured them to form a committee that will scrutinize their papers as to ascertain their claims. He assured that no official of the examination board will be allowed to make money illegally," Young Nurses Association (YNA) Sindh chapter President Ejaz Ahmed Kaleri told Daily Times.

According to Kaleri, Dr Taufeeq on behalf of Secretary Health Department assured the protestors to form a committee to review and scrutinize the papers. The committee would be formed on Tuesday and scrutinize the papers same day, he added.

Trainee nurses of various medical schools were on protest from last week against the controller of the Sindh Nursing Examination Board for giving 'unfair marks' and 'demanding money from students to pass them in exams'.

The protesting nurses alleged that ever since Khairun Nisa Akbar took charge of the board's controller, corruption increased manifold. They said a large number of male and female nursing students were failed in exams for refusing to pay money to board officials.

According to protestors, a large number of nursing students from JPMC and NICH could not clear their exams due to the exam controller and her accomplice's greed. She is an incompetent person who bought the nursing board's seat by paying a huge sum of money and now she is trying to recover that money from us with interest, they blame.

"We would wait and see how the Health Department would proceed. Our options are open in any case," Kaleri added.Published in Daily Times,