The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has directed the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Head of Nursing and Midwifery Training Schools at Mampong in the Ashanti region to register all affected pregnant students who were refused the opportunity to register and write the Licensing Exams in the upcoming external Licensing Examination in August, 2016.
The directive follows a formal complaint filed on behalf of three pregnant students by the F-X Law & Association to the CHRAJ on Friday, 27th May, 2016, on grounds of discrimination against the students contrary to Article 12, and 17 of the 1992 Constitution, and the UN Declaration on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
The directive was contained in a letter with dated 30th May, 2016 and signed by the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph Wittal to the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Head of Nursing and Midwifery Training School, Mampong.
By this, the affected students are to be allowed to register and write their examination pending the final determination of the case.
Three female nurses, including a 35-year old married woman Alice Armoh, of the Mampong Nurses and Midwifery Training School in the Ashanti Region, were denied the right to register and write their licensing examination because they were pregnant.
The discriminatory decision by the school authorities prompted Human rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu to petition CHRAJ on their behalf.