School of Nursing courses not accredited -Council reiterates

The National Accreditation Council (NAC) says that the School of Nursing, located at Lot 5 Cummings Street, Georgetown is registered but the programmes it offers are not accredited by the council.

A public notice was made by order of the NAC Chairman, based on enquiries, according to the advertisement in yesterday’s edition of the Guyana Chronicle.

The School over the years has been the centre of a scandal with the owner Nanda Kissoon being arrested several times after students demanded their money back.

At first, the school was known as the Inter-American Nursing School. After Kissoon’s arrest in the early part of 2009, she reopened the school under a new name—The School of Nursing—and offered courses in Nursing, Patient Care Technology, Phlebotomy Technology, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Assis-tance, Surgical Technology and Medical Transcription.

Kissoon had told this newspaper that her school was no fraud and was legitimate, the opposite of what the NAC was saying. Earlier this year, the NAC said a press release that the School of Nursing and its programme had not been accredited.

This was issued one week after Kissoon was again arrested over fraud allegations.

According to the NAC release, neither the school nor its programmes have been accredited by the NAC, in accordance with the 2004 NAC Act. It further noted that “the certificates of School of Nursing have not been evaluated to determine whether they meet recognised standards for accreditation.”

The release stated that the Minister of Education Shaik Baksh had “only reported to the media that the School of Nursing is registered with the National Accreditation Council.” Students and prospective students were advised to seek guidance from the NAC.

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