An inquiry into the causes of student high failure rate at Marondera Hospital School of Nursing has unearthed that departmental politics have been the major reason causing poor results.

The board of inquiry which was appointed by Marondera hospital management to look into the reasons behind the high failure rate by students during their hospital finals where only 4 out of the 19 students passed last year, has concluded it findings.

The board reported departmental politics at the school of nursing as the main reason behind the failure of students.

Marondera hospital medical superintendent Dr Celestino Dege said failure to respect the acting tutor-in-charge by other tutors eyeing the same position and factionalism led to lack of proper supervision of student work resulting in the learners failing.

The board of inquiry also noted that senior tutors at the school were dictating events, changed laid down procedures while bad relations from the previous tutor-in-charge also spilled over to affect final output.

The tutors were also accused of adopting colonial type of punishment to students by asking them to run around the school or stand on one leg which is against laid down disciplinary procedures.

The 4-member board of inquiry which begun its work on the 24th of February was led by Murehwa District Medical Superintendent Dr Reginald Gwisai.

The affected students have since been back-grouped.