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CTEVT hikes tuition fees for nursing students

  • The Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) is sticking it to nursing students.  The Council upped the cost of its three year Proficiency Certificate Level Nursing course by 20%.  Students enrolling for this program will fork now out Rs. 479,000, an increase of Rs. 80,000 from the past peg at Rs. 396,000.

    Why the increase?

    Ram Hari Lamichhane, member secretary at CTEVT, today said they had increased the nursing fees after four years. He said, “We had not increased the fees since the past four years so the current 20 per cent increment is equivalent to five per cent annual increment.”

    Ram Hari Lamichhane, member secretary at CTEVT, today said they had increased the nursing fees after four years. He said, “We had not increased the fees since the past four years so the current 20 per cent increment is equivalent to five per cent annual increment.” - See more at: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=CTEVT+permits+nursing+colleges+to+hike+fees+by+20+pc&NewsID=443319#sthash.iDYigDFj.dpuf

    Perfectly logical..from CTEVT's point of view. 

    We note however that PCL graduates in Nepal are facing significant challenes in finding employment. These graduates must gain "practical experience" for two years to advance to Bachelor of Nursing studies.  Hospitals and other health institutions understand this, and have made a business of drafting these young nurses as unpaid volunteers in their very for-profit enterprises.  Very few PCL nurses make it straight from graduation to a paying job.

    A student embarking on the PCL path to nursing education can look forward to no earnings for eight years.  Three years of PCL study, two years as volunteer and three years for Bachelor of Nursing program.  Calculate the costs: Rs. 800,000 for eight years' living expenses, Rs. 1,200,000 for combined PCL and BN fees excluding "donations" to attend the more reputable among institutions.  Rs 2,000,000.  Out of reach for many. 

    The cost of the nursing program is downright uneconomical.  Nursing salaries for young professionals range between Rs. 7,000 to Rs 20,000 per month.  Rs. 20,000 per month would be the interest cost on a 12% interest, Rs. 2,000,000 loan.  The numbers don't make sense for the nurse.  Yes! Parents pay for their nursing students, but that does not mean that the program makes economic sense.

    And, by the way, there are no jobs for nurses in Nepal.  The country produces 6,000 nursing graduates per year; national need is 2,000.

    Did CTEVT factor in these realities when they raises their fees?

    Suprabhat Bhandari, president, Guardians Association of Nepal (GAN), said increasing the fee structure without consultation with the concerned stakeholders was not appropriate.

    Suprabhat Bhandari, president, Guardians Association of Nepal (GAN), said increasing the fee structure without consultation with the concerned stakeholders was not appropriate. - See more at: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=CTEVT+permits+nursing+colleges+to+hike+fees+by+20+pc&NewsID=443319#sthash.d3A3PiWX.dpuf

    How did the Council decide on its new prcing formula?  Listen to the story:

     


     

     

    Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) has increased the fee of nursing studies by 20 per cent.

    Earlier, it used to cost Rs 396,000 to study the three-year Proficiency Certificate Level Nursing course from CTEVT affiliated colleges. However, from the new academic session, the fees will be dearer by Rs 80,000, with students paying Rs 479,000 to complete the PCL nursing course. - See more at: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=CTEVT+permits+nursing+colleges+to+hike+fees+by+20+pc&NewsID=443319#sthash.tVI9aflX.dpuf