Bara nursing college closed indefinitely

2013-01-16 16:46

Johannesburg - The Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College has been closed indefinitely because of student protests, the Gauteng department of health said on Wednesday.

Health MEC Hope Papo said students were expected to vacate the college by Wednesday afternoon.

The closure of the college follows a week-long illegal protest and class disruptions by students, who demanded that three heads of department (HODs) should be removed from the college.

"The students have also defied a court interdict compelling them to stop the protest and return to classes," said Papo.

Students want staff gone

He said the department remained committed to addressing whatever legitimate grievances the students had.

However, the department would not "act unlawfully against any of its staff members".

The dispute over the HODs started in 2011 when the students submitted grievances demanding the removal of the staff members, among others.

Papo said the department had taken all reasonable steps to resolve the dispute, but the students remained adamant.

In 2011, the department instituted an investigation into the students' grievances.

The reporting lines of the HODs were temporarily changed during the investigation and they did not report to the college, he said.

Investigation teams completed their report in February 2012. Meanwhile the HODs declared a dispute over the changing of their reporting lines.

HODs agree to special leave

They sought and won an arbitration award, allowing them to return to work in August 2012.

In reaction to the HODs return, students protested and disrupted the functioning of the college.

Management then agreed that the HODs should go on special leave to allow the department to bring the situation back to normality.

Papo said a series of meetings were held with the student representative council (SRC) to find a solution.

"The department even appointed a private mediator to assist the process of finding an amicable solution to the impasse.

"The students however refused to participate in the mediation process," he said.

Strikes resumed on 7 January and the situation deteriorated, with students refusing to attend classes.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2013-01-16 16:57

    It is a sad day when the tail wags the dog.

      semonatenate - 2013-01-16 19:03

      Bloody hell, didn't see that train coming.

      Jaap - 2013-01-16 19:37

      Born to sabotage and destruct - will it ever end!

      debduplessis - 2013-01-16 19:57

      Intake criteria needs to be MORE stringent! Give only places to those that ACTUALLY want to be nurses & qualify accordingly --- stop giving places to those that could not give a SH**, this attitude is prevalent every where! Open the college and only permit the correct attitude entrants!

      debduplessis - 2013-01-16 20:00

      The tokenism must STOP.. its time. Place those with the passion & caring nature who want to care for others & who actually will take the medical oath seriously!

      thato.motha.5 - 2013-01-20 15:47

      The entrance criteria is strict, bt if u have a device that can detect a persons attitude pls give it 2 the principal @ Bara, if they open it again ROTFLMAO. And oh I almost forgot, those students r gona get jobs or go studying somewhere and they will make it. Talking abt the tail wagging the dog, what would u know. Van wanneer af weet honde enige iets?

  • Desilusionada - 2013-01-16 16:57

    So now Student Nurses are so clever that they can study part time and assist the college with their admin, HR and other duties. Well done! Shows what 18 years of transformation can achieve. Must be the high standards of school education......

  • nathan.g.moss - 2013-01-16 17:02

    Another hypocrisy by our beloved cANCer. It’s ok for them to close a college because of strikes, but it’s not ok for a company to close a mine because of strikes.

  • ferdi.preller - 2013-01-16 17:18

    Looking forward to the National Health care program for all....all seem to be all righty and in place!

  • Maryna Gouws - 2013-01-16 17:20

    If students start striking, this should be a wake-up call to government that those students don't want to do something with their lifes. It is sad if there is students that wants to learn, and now they can't because of other's ignorance.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2013-01-16 17:21

    Same result as with the mining unions- you strike illegally- you lose your job

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2013-01-16 17:46

    So whats new do they now want to get instant nursing grades as well. Hello AFRICA.

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2013-01-16 17:48

    Who is paying these students while they are refusing to study? Where do they stay and who gives them food? If it is the taxpayer, I have a huge problem with this. Simply allow them to stay away if they so wish, but stop the gravy train.

      thato.motha.5 - 2013-01-20 15:30

      If u r employed the technically u r paying them, my advice stop paying ur taxes

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2013-01-16 18:00

    If they are already taking part in illegal protests, what will they do when "qualified" and working at hospitals. We will have more illegal protests and more patients left unattended. Nursing is no longer a calling for many, but "just a job" and the bonus they earn while they learn! What happened to students having respect for their teachers/professors? Our youth are brought up to expect handouts and when they don't get all they want... protests that often turn to violence! There is no more resepct or work ethic in this country and it is just getting worse!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2013-01-16 18:08

    I feel sorry for the few who actually want to learn and make a life for themselves, everyone is gonna suffer because of ppl who lack discipline and don't know how fortunate they are to be studying.

  • zingitwa.segomalefane - 2013-01-16 18:09

    Half of what's said and written here is not true. Had the student been listened to in 2011 college would not be closed yet the public are quick to judge that the students are at fault. This is a democratic country we living in therefore no one has the right to victimize and threaten students at college. Yes its tax payers funding all this but if you knew how the very people the students want out are misusing your tax you would not be too quick to point a finger

      ann.ornelas - 2013-01-16 18:23

      Help us Zingitwa give some details and names? We are in desperate need of qualified medical staff and contribute our hard earned money towards developing them and towards quality medical facilities. Unfortunately we do not see either and what you are effectively saying is that the reason lies internally and has been exposed but swept under the rug? Have the students laid a formal complaint with the relevant authorities and I don't mean the college? We all need to fight this corruption that is rotting our society.

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2013-01-16 18:28

    They wil open it.few stupid pple wil say they shud not strike.but they r citizens too who dont want to b treated lik happend to me.but here im a proud Professional Nurse.u got the right get rid of all ur worries and study in a conducive environment.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2013-01-16 19:10

    The thing is they are regretting their move where they are.

      zingitwa.segomalefane - 2013-01-17 16:19

      Oh really, you think?

  • Thabo Molea Sebudubudu - 2013-01-16 22:23

    all govermnt nursing colleges hv staff prblms wu sabotage stdnts, old nurses dnt want young 1ns 2pass n qualify,Sanc must set ol exams n mark dem nt lectures. - 2013-01-17 09:40

      I also think dat de old tutors shud b rmoved cos really dey wil fail student bcos of their personal issues thank God um a Professional Nurse 2day

  • karabo.moeng.73 - 2013-01-17 08:27

    can someone tell us the main reason why the students wants 3 HOD's to be removed, why is there so many meetings but no solution. lets all have a clear understanding of what happened here, and shouting for no reason, somebody tell us why, what happened

  • khensy1 - 2013-01-17 17:44

    I don't really care much about people who comment on this issue with little information or no information at all...u cn can call us all u want but we know what we want and what we are fighting for....anyway your views abt ths issue don't matter!!!!

  • bongani.tshabalala.58 - 2013-01-20 09:31

    I am a proud professional nurse, trained at Bara.... If you don't know what apartheid felt like then stop posting stupid comments about students being unruly.... The reason why we have so many grumpy nurses is probably because of the same reason the students are striking.... One of the basic principles in psychology says those who have been abused at some point in their lives tend to exhibit abusive behavior towards their subordinates.... Viva students viva, let's take nursing back to the respectable and noble profession it once was.... Phansi nge opression!!!!

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