NUR Students Told: One More Year of Pharmacy College

Students at a pharmacy college in Rwanda, Africa are not too happy about a new announcement made by school officials.

The students are finding out that they will have to spend an extra year in college, on top of their four years.

The National University of Rwanda informed students of this decision just months before they were expecting to graduate from the pharmacy college. College officials state the decision was made based on funding and what was in the best interest of their students.

The pharmacy college is unable to fund the normal intern programs that a graduate would go through in their 5th year of training. Since they cannot become credible pharmacists without this intern year, the college feels it would be best to keep them enrolled at the pharmacy school for an additional year.

Students feel that they should be able to graduate, as expected, following their four year term studying to become a pharmacist at the college. But Professor Silas Lwakabamba told the New York Times that this wasn’t reasonable.

“Yes, they can graduate, but they will never be recognized. They can never work anywhere. If they don’t do this internship, they can never come out as professional pharmacists,” the professor said. “We are saying: in order for them to get funding, be supervised and recognized formally as professional pharmacists, they need to study an extra one year which is part of the academic programme”.

Students are voicing their opinion over the matter, too. They feel that the pharmacy college can afford the year of internship and seem to be angry that the responsibility to secure funding is being places on them.

“When the university introduced the modular system, it meant that two intakes had to graduate at the same time. We, from the second intake, are the ones facing the problem. We completed the four years, passed all papers and did our research only to be told that we will not graduate. We will be required to study another one year and this was not part of the curricula,” representatives of the student body said, according to an online publication by In2EastAfrica.

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    NUR Students Told: One More Year of Pharmacy College…

    As pharmacy college officials try to explain their situation, students at the University of Rwanda are outraged at the prospect of an extra, 5th year in college….