500 Nigerian nurses risk sack in UK over fraudulent registration
After warning that key exam results could be “fraudulent or incorrect,” 500 Nigerian nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom (UK) may lose their jobs.
The warning and subsequent job threats were issued as a result of an investigation into a Nigerian testing facility.
According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the registrations of those who passed exams at the Centre could be “fraudulent or incorrect.”
Before joining the NMC register, international educated professionals are required to take a two-part competency test to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care in the UK.
A computer-based test (CBT) is usually taken in Nigeria, and a practical test (OSCE) is taken in the UK.
The computer-based test covers numeracy, drug dosage questions, and clinical questions, such as what health problems diabetic patients are at risk of developing.
Pearson VUE, which manages the CBT programme on behalf of the NMC, is said to have recently notified the regulator of ‘anomalous data’ at one of its third-party CBT test centres in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Pearson VUE immediately halted testing at the centre following the discovery.
No fewer than 512 people on the NMC register, or about 5% of those who qualified in Nigeria, were said to have taken their CBT at the test centre.