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25 forge G12 results in health courses applications

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
TWENTY-five people who last year applied to pursue careers in health professions at various training institutions had forged their grade 12 results, the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has revealed.
Speaking at the first quarter media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, HPCZ public relations officer Terry Musonda said 169 students who were enrolled at various health training institutions last year did not meet the entry requirements.
Mr Musonda said HPCZ, working in close collaboration with the Examinations Council of Zambia, conducted two verification exercises of grade 12 results for students who applied to pursue careers in health professions and that after serious scrutiny, it was found that 25 applicants had forged their grade 12 results.
He said the student applicants were drawn from two public health training institutions, and eight private institutions.
“The council is saddened by this development. From the findings, one would tell that private health training institutions are culprits with regards to failure to adhere to the admission criteria.
“The council is also saddened to note that fraudulent individuals are trying to join the health profession. If it was not for the commencement of the student indexing system, these individuals could have probably proceeded to graduating and start attending to our unsuspecting patients,” Mr Musonda said.
He said this could have posed serious risks on the health and safety of the inspecting patients.
Mr Musonda, however, said HPCZ will continue to work extra hard to bring sanity and enhance professionalism in the health profession as well as minimise complaints against practitioners.
He has since appealed to health training institutions to be vigilant and adhere to the minimum admission criteria of student applicants to their respective institutions.

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