Members of Parliament are concerned about the low certification numbers at the HEART-NSTA despite increased applications and enrollment.
The low certification was revealed by a performance audit conducted by Auditor General, Pamela Munroe Ellis, and her team.
The matter was the main topic of discussion at today’s meeting of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, PAC.
Hykel Nunes reports.
Mrs. Munroe Ellis in her opening remarks emphasized the importance of HEART’s certification numbers improving.
She says the entity did not yield maximum value for the over 30 billion dollars it spent between 2014 and 2019.
This is in a context where HEART admissions increased by 92 per cent over the period and applications increased by 82%.
At the time of the audit, HEART also fell short of its own certification target of 70 per cent for its training programmes.
HEART’s Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer, says after an evaluation and noting the unrealistic target the institution reduced its target to 50%.
However, Dr. Dyer says since the evaluation and the implementation of better systems, certification numbers have improved.
But, PAC Chairman, Julian Robinson, remained concerned about the change in target.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dyer says in some instances it’s difficult to get students to finish their certification.
She says often after completing their training students lose interest in achieving full certification.
Janet Dyer, Managing Director of HEART-NSTA.