7 held for selling nurse exam papers

2011-02-21 09:31

Johannesburg - Seven people, six of them nurses, were arrested in parts of Mpumalanga and Pretoria over the weekend after they were found in possession of a national nursing exam paper.

The examination, which was set by the health department and the SA Nursing Council (SANC), was meant to be written on Monday, said police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi.

"The first exam paper was meant to be written [on Monday], paper 2 on Wednesday and paper 3 on Friday."

After an intensive investigation by the Hawks in Mpumalanga, arrests were made since Saturday.

Original exam papers

Police uncovered that a nurse in Pretoria, and a group of woman in Mpumalanga, had allegedly been selling the exam papers.

The Pretoria woman was arrested after two original question papers were found in her possession.

"She told police she received the exam paper from other people that police are still following," said Hlathi.

"These people are allegedly working with the SA Nursing Council."

It was unknown how much each paper was being sold for but more arrests were expected.

"The suspects claim that these papers were also being sold to people working at Gauteng and Limpopo hospitals," said Hlathi.

The seven were due to appear in the Mbombela Magistrates Court on Monday.

The health department and the SA Nursing Council were not immediately available for comment.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-02-21 09:54

    Wherever you find them, so too will you find stealing, cheating and lying.

      Thangy - 2011-02-21 13:49

      I know hey, first they create apartheid, now the are corrupting our nursing schools!!

  • ManOTMoment - 2011-02-21 10:11

    BEE is not enough?... Now they have to cheat also!!!!

      Darkie - 2011-02-21 10:43

      What do you know about BEE?

      ManOTMoment - 2011-02-21 10:50

      What a silly question!! Go ponder a bit about what you asked me and then come back with a new insult.

      Thangy - 2011-02-21 13:51

      Cummon ManOTMoment, cheating in exams is something that happens across the band!! dont fool yourself!

      ManOTMoment - 2011-02-21 14:35

      Maybe where you come from Thangy.. however at the institution where I studied cheating wasn’t really an accepted practise

      Thangy - 2011-02-21 15:28

      where was that? happens allover

      AJ - 2011-02-22 05:17

      @Thangy - we not talking about peeking over someone's shoulder during a maths quiz. These are exams for people who are supposed to be proven competent so that they can attend to the sick. And no, it does not happen everywhere, it hardly happens everywhere, except in South Africa, where no exam can take place at ANY level without some facker trying to make money out of the process and undermine the whole point of taking an exam.

  • reibad - 2011-02-21 10:27

    We need these guys in health services. The patient at the clinic with the fattest wallet will be served first!!

  • sve - 2011-02-21 10:31

    Now I know why I'm always given Panado as a treatment for every ailment I consult for,these 'professionals" are clueless.

      Winzist - 2011-02-21 11:01

      Very true

  • Monkey123 - 2011-02-21 10:42

    Now we wonder why so many die from strange reasons after being admitted for routine procedures.

  • BRONZE - 2011-02-21 10:58

    Mpumalanga, Mpumalanga, Mpumalanga always Mpumalanga when it comes to cheating in exams.

  • ji - 2011-02-21 11:08

    BEE , EE and AA , no honesty needed to become a nurse . welcome to SA

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-02-21 11:20

    First fake doctors, now nurses getting qualifications by cheating. What is going on in our health service?

      Spoofed - 2011-02-21 13:35

      More like what is going on in our country...

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-21 12:31

    Metric exams have such a low pass rate they are a joke, even then we hear some get favored results to get a pass. Many collage graduates cannot do the job they are qualified for, WHY? Because the certificate was given to them. Now we have the nurses cheating like so many others. Be warned the time will come when any graduate from SA will not get a job anywhere in the world, the word soon gets round about bad education. Still it fits in with the rest. FREE house. FREE Electric. FREE Water. FREE Health. FREE Education. FREE Shares in a company BEE. FREE from paying tax. FREE to squander all the resources of the country. FREE to murder – Rape – Steal – corrupt.

      BigAl - 2011-02-21 14:54

      Thats why they say "WE won our freedom" FREE this FREE that FREE Everyhing

  • Hennie - 2011-02-21 16:57

    Students will be students and if corrupt staff provides an opportunity the students will make use of it. This is caused by affirmative action that resulted in no or very small numbers of whites in the system. This is no surprise, our own president got away with much worse and his staff gets away all the time with corruption. These youngsters is just following the examples of their superiors. Until corruption and all those that have been guilty of it this type of thing will be impossible to control. Proper examples should be set for the public to take note only then can we look forward to a fair and just country.

  • Monica - 2011-02-22 20:51

    The only way these people can get diplomas or licences is to buy it! No proper education! Look at our President! What do you expect! These nurses will have to care of the seriously ill! Then you are surprise when people die unncessary in hospitals. Corruption starts with the ANC Government; they think it is okay.

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