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By unknown | Sep 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

The South African Nursing Council will not act against the owners of the Far North Nursing School until the council had received a formal complaint from the students.

Students are yet to lodge a complaint with the council after accusing the school's management of mistreating them.

Council spokesman Party Moloi said yesterday that they only became aware of problems at the school when they read about it in newspapers and that no student had ever raised the matter with them.

"But as soon as the affected students lodge a formal complaint, we will then take it up with the authorities," said Moloi.

According to documents in Sowetan's possession, the council had only been made aware that the school had exceeded the number of students it was allowed to register.

Since 2003 hundreds of students have been waiting in vain to realise their dream careers. More than 600 students who had enrolled at the school are faced with a bleak future because they cannot receive their diplomas for auxiliary nursing courses.

This is because the school's owners have allegedly flouted some of the regulations by registering more students, thereby disqualifying the school from being properly recognised.

The owners, Salome Leshi, pictured, and Humani Ngwana, have been accused of enriching themselves at the expense of the future of the students.

The students each paid tuition fees of R12400, a registration fee of R2484, plus an additional union fee of R1512 to attend the school.

Moloi advised students who wished to register with any nursing institution to verify with the council if the schools were properly registered "to avoid situations where students are ripped off".

The spokesman for the Limpopo department of health and social development, Phuti Seloba, said they were still investigating the allegations about the school.


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