By Kelvin Gonlah
Health Ministry official’s Initial attempt to enroll students who have completed Liberia’s secondary school into medical programs at university in Rwanda recorded 96% failing rate after they were evaluated using Rwanda’s education standards.
Minister Wilhelmina Jallah said only one candidate made a passing mark in a test that was not administered by Liberians. The unsuccessful candidates are undergoing a rigorous course training to prepare them for the next phase, she told reporters in Monrovia.
“We put them through vigorous exercise and Liberians were not involved. It was the Rwandan government and Partner In Health that did all the interviews and all the training. Out of the 26 students, only one student was successful.
“The Winner accepted for this study is David B. Zayzay who graduated from the Aware International School in the 2020-2021 class. He will join other students from Africa this year. When he comes back, he will sign a commitment with the government of Liberia to work for six years.
“We hope that there will be many more Liberians that will go there. All you have to do is to study.
The government of Liberia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, which will accommodate Liberian students Health Workers to pursue education in health care delivery, and other medical fields for six years and a half.
The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is based in Rwanda and aims to change the way healthcare is delivered around the world by creating leaders who are qualified in sustaining effective and equitable health systems around the world.
The university was launched in 2015 as a not-for-profit institution in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Harvard Medical School, and the Cummings Foundation.
It offers three main education pathways, including two bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery. There is one master’s degree on offer, the MSc in global health delivery. The third pathway is a range of customized certificate courses to develop professionals working in healthcare delivery systems. Known as executive education courses, these will equip learners to return to their workplaces and deliver value-based schemes.