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Help sought for student nurses caught in programme collapse

Parliament's Committee for Labour yesterday arranged for agencies to help students affected by the Nakhon Ratchasima College's Faculty of Nursing study programme which has failed to meet the Thailand Nursing Council's standards.

The programme's problems mean some students must repeat their studies, others cannot receive licences allowing them to practise nursing.

The committee, chaired by Pheu Thai MP Sumet Ritthakhanee, yesterday invited representatives of the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC), the Student Loan Fund (SLF), the affected students and alumni to discuss the situation.

A former third-year student Amporn Thuithaisong said that although OHEC had arranged new study places for the affected students, second to fourth year students must start studying all over again.

Amporn has asked the authority to allow them to transfer study credits or to get additional training so they won't need to retake courses and spend more on tuition fees. She also pointed out that the SLF only allows loans for a four-year period, meaning many students will not find funding for their repeated study programme. There are 230 students and 63 alumni affected by the issue.

OHEC legal officer Supat Boonsong said the commission usually required a college or university to open a new study programme on a trial basis for 3-4 years before evaluation. In this case the college programme had failed. OHEC was arranging for some second to fourth year students to study at other institutes, while compensation and procedures were being worked out.

SLF assistant manager Sermkiat Tassanasuwan said the study programme's failure to obtain approval was not the students' fault and the SLF could offer them more loans. He said students could also for a refund of  tuition fees from the college.

Sermkiat said the programme should not be closed. OHEC could provide teaching staff and supervise the private institute, but certification of the programme was still uncertain.

Sumet said the committee agreed the programme should not be closed. He would contact the Parliament's Committee for Education and Committee for Public Health to probe the case further and explain to the Committee for Labour about compensation for affected students. He would also ask the Thailand Nursing Council representative to supervise study programmes for students.

The Nation