BRUNAPEG School of Nursing in Mangwe District, recorded a 95% pass rate, making the Catholic-run institution the best training school in the country.
“Out of 22 students that sat for the State final examination, only one failed giving us a 95,45% pass rate,” Monica Marechera, the acting tutor in charge at the institution told Southern Eye yesterday.
“We have four students — Patience Ndlovu, Kudzani Moyo, Precaution Ncube and another student whose name was not made available, in the top five national list and this is a great milestone as you know that Brunapeg School of Nursing is a small institution that competes with big nursing institutions such as Parirenyatwa.”
Brunapeg School of Nursing has in the past produced best results, both in the southern region and nationally, despite set-backs such as power cuts.
The institution was recently struck by an eleven-month blackout, which saw students resorting to alternative lighting sources such as candles.
The institution’s high pass rate has been attributed to policies linked with high moral standards prescribed by the Catholic Church and the student-screening policy which assures that all students sitting for the State final undergo a rigorous assessment exercise.
The exercise has over the years seen some final year students being expelled or back-grouped.
According to the institution’s authorities, the five students that topped the list attended Minda High School, a Catholic-run mission school and are from St Joseph’s area in Kezi. Some notable nursing institutions that have in the past trailed behind Brunapeg in Matabeleland include United Bulawayo Hospitals, St Luke’s, Mpilo, Tsholotsho and Gwanda.