Zimbabwe's Health Minister says mathematics is not necessary for nursing training and is considering eliminating the English requirement as well

Zimbabwe's Health Minister says mathematics is not necessary for nursing training and is considering eliminating the English requirement as well

Zimbabwe's Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Douglas Mombeshora, explained why mathematics is not a mandatory entry requirement for those wishing to study nursing in the country.

Addressing journalists following an announcement that mentioned English and Science as mandatory subjects for nursing training, Mombeshora stated that they do not consider mathematics as a mandatory subject for nursing training because it is not relevant in the medical field. He said they kept the science because it is relevant to nursing education.

He said;

“Mathematics is a requirement in training in the medical field. Let's start with medicine. I am a doctor. The key subject for you to enter medicine is chemistry. That's why we kept science subjects as a key subject for nursing. In fact, we are leaving many people who have the capacity and skills out of training because of Mathematics. We know a lot that Mathematics has not been a subject that has been well used. Therefore, the policy that our President says 'Leave no one or place behind', we also want to ensure that people are not harmed by just raising a subject that has no relevance to training.”

The Minister also revealed that the government is considering removing English from the list of mandatory subjects for entry into nursing training. Membeshora added that since all other subjects considered for training nurses are taught in English, passing in English should not be considered necessary. According to him, pursuing a career in nursing does not mean studying English, as it is an unnecessary requirement.

He said;

“We are still looking for a way to recruit more people committed to nursing and we are still looking at other issues such as. 'Is it important to pass English with a C?' because anyone who has passed any of these subjects has been taught in English and if you go to universities outside of Zimbabwe, let's say English for communication and not to pass in English, as if you want to do a degree in English. Therefore, we will continue to review and ensure that we make access to training in various disciplines affordable and accessible to all citizens of Zimbabwe.”

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