Tanzania: Exam Leak Forces 1,330 Nursing Students To Resit

The Tanzania Nursing and Midwifery Council (TNMC) has invalidated the registration and licensing exam results for all 1,330 candidates who sat for the exams across the country on September 7, 2023.  The total number of candidates who sat for the exams was 1434.

The move follows an investigation that confirmed the leak and distribution of the exam papers to candidates pursuing diploma courses prior to the exam date.

The leak affected candidates across three centers in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, and Dodoma, raising concerns about the integrity of the entire process and the potential impact on patient safety.

The Ministry of Health, acting on reports of the leak joined forces with law enforcement and identified the culprit, who, according to the ministry’s statement, has now been suspended from duty while facing disciplinary and legal proceedings.

These measures were taken to ensure that the TNMC only certifies qualified professionals who are able to provide quality medical care and uphold patient safety

Englibert Kayombo, Acting Head of the Government Communications Unit at the Ministry of Health.

“This decision is in line with our mandate as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Act of 2010,” added Kayombo.

Affected candidates will have the opportunity to re-sit the exam without any additional fees or re-registration requirements. Fresh exams have been scheduled for February 16, 2024, in Dodoma, with further details regarding the process to be communicated by the TNMC.  

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