The UK Department of Health has stopped the recruitment of Kenyan nurses to the UK, according to reports in the Daily Nation.
The health department cited a shortage of nurses in Kenya as the reason for calling off the deal.
But Kenyan nurses who already have conditional offers from UK employers will not be affected by the new directive.
BLA rocked with English test controversy
Kenya signed a Bilateral Labour Agreement (BLA) with the UK in July 2021 for the recruitment of 30000 Kenyan nurses to the UK.
But the deal was cast in doubt when the Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, announced that only 10 out of 300 nurses passed the IELTS test.
This was later countered by his Labour counterpart, Simon Chelugui, who said he was unaware the nurses had already sat the English test. According to Chelugui, the test was to be done in November and urged the nurses to prepare adequately.
Private recruiters had wanted BLA renegotiated
However, private recruitment agencies had called on the government to renegotiate the BLA and have Kenya exempted from the English test.
Ethiopia, Lesotho, and South Africa are some of the African countries exempted by the UK from the test.
Labour.Watch will keep you updated on any new developments.