Health Minister proposes dropping English requirement for nurse training


HARARE - Zimbabwe's Health Minister, Douglas Mombeshora, has proposed dropping the Ordinary Level pass in English Language as a mandatory requirement for nurse training applicants. 

Douglas Mombeshora, Zimbabwe's health Minister proposes dropping English as nursing training requirement
Health minister Douglas Mombeshora

This follows the recent removal of the O' Level Mathematics requirement, which had been in place since 2015.

Mombeshora argues that the English language requirement is burdensome and discriminatory. 

"We are still looking into a pathway for more people who are committed to nursing," he said during a post-cabinet briefing in Harare. 

"We are looking at issues like if passing English with a C or better is important because anyone who has passed all these subjects has been taught in English."

The minister supports the scrapping of O' level Maths as a requirement to enrol for nurse training, stating it is not a key subject in the field of medicine. 

"The key subject for you to go into medicine is Chemistry, so we have retained the requirement to have passed a science subject which is a key subject to go into nursing. 

"We are actually leaving a lot of people who have got the capacity and capabilities out of the training because of Maths," he added.

The ministry aims to make training in various disciplines more affordable and accessible to all Zimbabweans, and will continue to review the requirements.

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