Students below 18 banned from nursing courses
By: Melanie Aanyu
The government has banned nursing and midwives institutions across the country from admitting students below the age of 18.
The directive was announced by the State Minister for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, during the release of the 2022 nurses and midwives examinations results at the Office of the President yesterday.
Mr Muyingo said those who will defy the directive will be apprehended.
In a separate interview, the executive secretary of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB), Ms Helen Mukakarisa, said the policy has been in place but the ministry is just moving to implement it in institutions.
Ms Mukakarisa said expectant mothers in hospitals have been complaining and were not comfortable with children taking care of them.
Initially, learners who complete Senior Four and do not proceed to A-Level have been joining nursing and midwifery programmes at a diploma level.
Mukakarisa said those learners who will complete Senior Four before turning 18 will have to wait until they reach the required age to apply for courses.