The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has announced a new unit for all aspiring medics: How to Migrate to the UK. The unit, which will be compulsory for all students, aims to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a lucrative career in the British National Health Service (NHS).
According to the KMTC director, the unit was designed in response to the high demand for Kenyan doctors in the UK, especially after the Brexit deal. “We have noticed that many of our graduates are leaving the country to work in the UK, where they can earn better salaries, enjoy better working conditions, and access better opportunities for professional development,” he said. “We want to support them in their journey and prepare them for the challenges they may face in a different culture and health system.”
The unit will cover topics such as how to apply for a visa, how to pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test, how to register with the General Medical Council (GMC), how to find a job, how to deal with racism and discrimination, and how to cope with the cold weather. The unit will also include practical sessions on how to speak with a British accent, how to speak politely, how to make tea, and how to queue.
Students welcomed the initiative, saying that it would help them achieve their dreams of working abroad. “I have always wanted to work in the UK, where I can earn more money and help my family back home,” said Mary Wanjiku, a third-year student. “This unit will make it easier for me to get there and adapt to the new environment.”
Running away from Debt
The public opinion is also divided, with some praising the KMTC for being realistic and pragmatic, and others accusing it of being unpatriotic and irresponsible. “The KMTC is doing the right thing by preparing its students for the global market,” said Peter Mwangi, a businessman. “The UK needs our doctors, and our doctors need the UK. It is a win-win situation for both parties.”
“The KMTC is doing the wrong thing by promoting its students to leave the country,” said Grace Wambui, a teacher. “We need those nurses to stay here and help us pay the national debt. They cannot run away just when they stop being parasitic.”
The KMTC has defended its decision, saying that it is not encouraging its students to migrate, but rather giving them the option and the information to do so. “We are not forcing anyone to go to the UK, we are simply providing them with the necessary tools and guidance to make an informed choice,” said Dr. Kariuki. “We believe that our students are smart and patriotic, and they will make the best decision for themselves and their country.”
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