Health college loses licence

2011-03-14 00:00

“WHO the hell are you to ask me if we are still operational? I don’t get interviewed over the phone and you can take your questions and go to hell.” This was the response of Thabiso Senoa, owner of a health worker training college, when asked for comment about the college’s loss of accreditation.

Hundreds of students registered with Promise Health Care Centre in Havelock Road have been left in limbo after the Health and Welfare Sector and Training Authority (HWSETA) withdrew its accreditation in February.

HWSETA’s deputy information officer, Mmamy Khaile, said accreditation was withdrawn after an investigation by its quality management team following complaints from students and the public. If Promise continues training students, that will be illegal, she added.

Khaile said that in 2007 the authority accredited Promise to offer ancillary health care NQF level 1 courses and later that year four more qualifications were added.

“In November 2010 we issued a precautionary notice of suspension on Promise,” she said, after “it transpired that their operations were not in line with our requirements.”

She said certificates were withdrawn and Promise was advised to stop operating as students would not be awarded certificates of competency.

“These people need to put their house in order and come back to us to say they are compliant with our requirements. We can’t have a situation where students pay exorbitant fees for certificates that will not be recognised,” she said.

Promise has been advised to make arrangements with accredited training providers to ensure students are not disadvantaged.



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