Candidates of the various Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges in the country are disturbed about the happenings regarding their licensing exams which took place last week.
Many of them who spoke to rawgist.com revealed that they have been struggling to answer questions due to network related issues. “ There have been days we have sat from morning to evening without being able to take the exams due to network failure” they revealed and added that the network was very bad during days that they took the papers; a situation that caused many of them not to answer many questions.
Information available to rawgist.com is that, the licensing exam which was always printed on paper was changed a couple of years ago to a completely paperless system. Technology however seem to have failed them as the students seemed traumatized and uncertain about their future due to “bad network”.
“The anatomy paper which was scheduled for Monday failed to come off. The Midwifery II scheduled for Tuesday had to be suspended. Wednesday’s paper also failed to come off. We are being forced to write two papers in a day in the midst of the failed technology” one of them recounted. Another explained how they are not able to even visit the washroom because of the erratic nature of the system. “The system comes and goes in an unpredictable manner and can close and submit your work automatically without recourse to the challenges faced. They are joking with our lives” another said.
The students are wondering how their examiners are going to deal with the matter since it concerns their professional future. Some are suggesting that all the papers be re-taken with printed back-ups.
Public relations Officer of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana; Nana Boateng Agyeman told rawgist.com’s Bernard Buachi the assertions made by the students cannot be substantiated. He conceded that there were issues on the first and second days for which reason those papers were pushed to other days. He however says all went “perfectly” in subsequent days; adding that the students were even given four hours instead of the prescribed three hours.
He insisted that the current system is the best on the African continent from which other countries are learning.
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