Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, (CHRAJ) has ordered the Nursing and Midwifery Council to register all affected pregnant students in the upcoming external licensing examination in August.
The directive comes after three student nurses of the Mampong Nurses and Midwifery Training School in the Ashanti Region were prevented from registering for the examination because they were pregnant.
Although two of them had delivered, the school authorities refused to allow them to write the examination because of a rule that has been scrapped by the Ministry of Health.
Human Right Lawyer, Mr Francis Xavier-Sosu, whose law firm, F-X Law & Associates, took up the case, on Friday filed a petition at CHRAJ, praying it to intervene. “I want an immediate intervention to ensure that the students register and write their licensing examinations,” he pleaded.
He said it was not too late for the authorities to intervene because the registration process was still open.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Sosu said CHRAJ is also expected to make some appropriate recommendations to permanently resolve the problem.
“We are happy to note that today CHRAJ has made an initial directive to all schools to ensure that the affected students will be registered and can take part in the exams in 2016. It is important to note that this development does not only affect students in Mampong.
“Indeed over the weekend, we have had calls from other schools who were complaining about a similar discrimination against them so we hoping that by this directive from CHRAJ, at least there will be some immediate steps taken to get them registered while CHRAJ makes some appropriate recommendation to resolve the problem.”