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Kenya health workers lack English skills- CS Kagwe

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[Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. Photo/Courtesy].

The government has reported a mass failure in English language by health workers seeking to work in the UK in the new employment scheme agreed between the Kenyan government and UK government.

Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday while addressing Kenya Clinical officers Association conference, Kagwe said out of 300 Healthcare professionals from Kenya who underwent English examination, only 10 passed the test, one of the massive failures Kenya has ever experienced during exportation of workers.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe who was speaking at the clinical officer conference in Mombasa termed it regrettable that the majority of health workers who had been shortlisted to go and work in the United Kingdom could not pass English proficiency test examination, which was a mandatory requirement.

Kagwe said there are negotiations going on in the Middle East and Europe to have more health workers exported but challenging the health workers to ensure they have the universal standards of training before they go to the respective countries.

He added that the ministry is going to ensure that the curriculum is upgraded and encompass Information technology as hospitals and clinics will soon become paperless to ensure effective delivery of health service.

The clinical officers also demanding to be considered for job opportunities abroad like their peers.

They also called for the positing of clinical offers interns the soonest possible to broaden their skills.