Amref Health Africa's virtual graduates score highest in Kenya

Jane Muthimbi, a student of AVTS demonstrates CPR


For the fourth consecutive year, students of the Amref Virtual Training School (AVTS) have excelled in Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) licensure exams for Kenya Registered Community Health Nurses.


A total of 2,207 candidates from 50 nursing schools in the country sat for the national exams. AVTS presented 75 candidates, one of the largest numbers from an individual nursing school. Overall, only 1,608 candidates passed the exams and of these, only three students had credit scores in all papers – all three from AVTS.


“The overall performance of our students has never been below 70 per cent, and they have always emerged among the top five nationwide,” said Micah Matiangi, Principal of the AVTS. He explained that the success of their students was as a result of a strong united training team. “The internal and external support for the students and constant interaction between students and teachers encourages mentorship and feedback, which leads to effective learning,” he added.


The principal expressed his gratitude to the AVTS team for their dedicated service, and the students for their hard work and determination. He encouraged other nursing schools to embrace virtual training because it enables the students to continue providing health services as they learn, and to put into practice what they are learning.


Jane Mumbi Muthui, 51, a nurse at the Kenyatta National Hospital, was one of the three students from AVTS who scored credits in all papers. “When I started this course, I was hesitant because of my age. I thought I was too old to go back to school,” she said. Jane was not sure that she would be able to manage the training in addition to her other responsibilities as a mother, wife and employee, but she was determined and maintained a positive attitude which bore her success.


“The teachers were kind and helpful and made sure that everyone understood what we were learning. I was able to put into practice what I learnt because the virtual training enabled me to work in the morning, and attend classes in the afternoon or vice-versa.”


Jane concluded: “I thank Amref Health Africa and the  AVTS in particular for this opportunity to learn, especially for nurses like me who would not have managed to go back to a regular nursing school to upgrade ourselves. I have greatly improved in my nursing skills as well as a person. I am grateful to my employer, the Kenyatta National Hospital, for sponsoring me, and my family and colleagues for their love, support and patience throughout my training.”


Formerly known as AMREF Virtual Nursing School, the AVTS began its operations in March 2007 as a laboratory for researching into and testing eLearning best practices as a methodology for scaling up the numbers and capacity of health workers, and in particular certificate nurses.  The school has grown from being a test lab to a centre of excellence for education of nurses and other cadres with the aim of increasing health professionals’ access to affordable and quality continuous education using innovative methodologies.


October 22, 2014