By Christopher Chisi
The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) says it is taken aback that the minister of health has allowed an excessive increase of clinical placement fees for student nurses and trainee doctors.
According to NAQEZ Executive Director Arron Chansa, the 700 percent increase is unprecedented and unsubstantiated.
Chansa says with the abrupt upward adjustment of placement fees, many medical students and nurses will be forced to abandon their studies or avoid doing the practical part of training.
“For nurses, the increase is from K57.25 per week to K450 per week. With the above fee structure, the cost of sending a child to train in any medical field will now range from K22,000 TO K30,000 per year. We find this hurting to the poor, the youth and the act is against quality education,” He said
This he feels will hugely compromise the quality of education and of training of medical personnel and has since called on the ministry of health to reverse the decision in the interest of quality training.