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TO: The Principals of Nursing Education Institutions


Cancellation of the Nursing Examinations Scheduled for February 2007

The South African Nursing Council regrets that due to a serious breach in security we have had to cancel all examinations that were scheduled for 21 and 23 February 2007 and nullify the examinations that were written on 19 February 2007.

The South African Nursing Council learnt on 20 February 2007 that examination papers that were sent to an invigilator were intercepted and some learners had access to the examination papers prior to date on which they were due to write the examination.

In these circumstances the Council had no option but to take the decision to cancel the examination. Furthermore we only learnt of the breach in security on 20 February 2007 which was a day after the first examination was written on 19 February 2007. 

The Council will be reconvening the examination for the affected learners as soon as we possibly can, however we also need some time to put in place tighter security measures to prevent the recurrence of such an incident in future examinations. 

The South African Nursing Council will inform all institutions providing nursing education of the new date for the examination which we anticipate at this stage to be around the end of March 2007. 

Kindly ensure that all the learners are duly informed of the situation and assure them that the South African Nursing Council is doing everything to resolve the situation speedily. Learners will be informed about the future date of the examination through the nursing education institutions. We also appeal to the learners not to contact the Council directly.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience and disruption this has caused the learners and the education institutions, your support and understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.



Hasina Subedar


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