Masaka nursing students call off strike

The administration of Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing on Saturday reached an agreement with the school’s students to call off their strike after the administration agreed to help students with financial challenges to register for the national exams before the deadline elapses.

The students were on strike on Thursday April 19, rejecting all meals served at the school’s dining hall to express their anger with the administration that they accused of giving them a short notice to register for the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB) exams.

The school administration on April 17 issued a circular giving the nursing students up to April 20 as the period within which they had to pay Shs 120,000 to register for the UNMEB exams.

During the Saturday meeting, the school’s principal Mark Kalanzi told the students that the school had no hand in setting tight deadlines within which the nursing students had to register for UNMEB.

“We have asked  students with challenges of money to approach my office and get cleared for registration until the end of next week as we plead to the line ministry and the permanent secretary   to see if the deadline can be extended,” Kalanzi said.

He also said that the school had procured more foodstuffs in response to the issues that the students were raising during their two-day-strike.

“Masaka Nursing School serves a good menu because they serve rice, matooke and first class Posho, I was surprised to hear poor meals as one of the concerns raised but this is going to be worked upon,”Kalanzi said.

Guild speaker, Stafan Katabaazi told journalists that since the administration had partly addressed the students’ grievances, the students’ leadership had agreed to call off the strike and resume working on patients at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital as they wait for the school administration to address all their grievances.

“We are happy to receive the communication that the registration deadline has been lifted and it’s a relief to many students that the registration is still open up to next week” Katabaazi said.