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By unknown | Sep 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

A multimillion-rand scandal is unfolding at the Far North Nursing School in Sibasa, Limpopo, after students laid a fraud charge against owners of the institution with the Thohoyandou police.

Thousands of students who had registered with the school since 2003 are still waiting to write their examinations because the school is not registered with the South African Nursing Council (Sanc).

The institution trains students to become auxiliary nurses. The course runs for 12 months; three months of which is theory and eight months of practical with one month of examinations.

But students claim to have been sent from pillar to post when they wanted to write examinations. Investigations had since revealed that the school was not properly registered and, therefore, students cannot write examinations.

The private school is owned by Salome Judith Leshi, a retired nurse, and her husband, Humani Ngwana, a former teacher.

Students pay a R12400 tuition fee, a registration fee of R2484, with an additional union fee of R1512 each.

It was also found that students registered at the school were not allowed to buy books at any book shop other than that owned by the school owners.

When contacted for comment, Leshi said: "Write whatever you think is right. I believe the students came to our institution after they were convinced by the quality of our education."

Thohoyandou police spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo confirmed yesterday that they were investigating the students' claims.


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