Unpaid fees to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) are to blame for nursing students not receiving their results for an important exam they sat in October.
The Regional Examination for Nursing Registration is administered by CXC to schools with nursing programs throughout the Caribbean. This exam determines who qualifies to be a registered nurse.
But while students in other Caribbean islands got their results—as scheduled—in mid-November, students in Trinidad and Tobago are still waiting.
The head of the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) Idi Stuart told us, it's all down to the Nursing Council not paying the relevant fees to CXC.
“So each nursing council in each region would pay CXC for that work they do, and the information coming to us is that the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago has not forwarded that money to CXC,” he told us. “This year there were two hiccups. This current situation with the October exam fees not being paid, and also earlier in the year, there was a delay for the April exam results, again because the Nursing Council failed to pay CXC on time.”
The President of the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago is David Murphy. Attempts were made to reach out to him but calls to his cell phone went unanswered, at least this morning.
Meanwhile, Idi Stewart warns the longer this drags on, the longer it will take for nursing students to be licensed, and work with their new qualifications.
“Some of our colleagues up the islands have already started working,” he points out. “Every day this drags on and CXC is not paid, our nurses will be out of a job needlessly, because we are in need of nursing personnel.”
The TTRNA boss says once nurses are licensed, they gain the ability to practise their profession not only here in T&T and in the region, but anywhere in the world, since there is a global shortage of nursing professionals.
Story by AKASH SAMAROO