SA’s largest nursing union has hit back against the South African Nursing Council’s cancellation of nursing exams, calling the move ill-conceived and inconvenient. The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) is taking legal action against the council for the decision to stop all student examinations before investigations into the leaked exam papers were complete, affecting thousands of nursing students across the country. On June 12, the council announced the cancellation of first- and second-year examinations written in May, pertaining to a bridging course that allows successful enrolled students to register as professional general or psychiatric nurses. This was after the regulatory body learnt that some students had had access to the exam papers prior to writing. The council appealed to students not to contact the authority directly on the matter but rather to take it up with principals of their nursing institutions. The council also declined to meet with the union.

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