Citing the foisting of a principal, non-accreditation of the school in the last two years and insufficient teachers to teach them, among others, the students of Edo State School of Nursing yesterday protested on the streets of Benin City.Carrying placards with various inscriptions, the student, who marched to the Nigeria Union of Jouralists (NUJ) Secretariat in Benin City, spoke thorugh the Vice President, Students' Union Government (SUG) of the school, Marris Osadolor and said the state government had transferred the principal of the state School of Midwifery to head their school.
Osadolor said: "The state government has asked that the principal of the School of Nursing and the students are saying no. The ministry has assured us that the School of Midwifery and the School of Nursing are going to get their accreditations very soon. Now, if they are transferring the principal of the state School of Midwifery to the state School of Nursing, is the ministry clsoing down the School of Midwifery? That is what we want to know".
Osadolor added: "The ministry is telling us that our tutors are not qualified to occupy that position, whereas we have enough tutors who are qualified. They should send down somebody neutral to us and not the princioal of the School of Midwifery becoming the principal of the School of Nursing, we don't want that. What we want now is how to get our accreditation and not changing principals from school to school. Until the government restores our accreditation and gives us a new principal, the school will not open and that is the reason we are protesting.
"They assured us that they were going to do something about our accreditation. We don't have enough lecturers, no school bus as promised and we are demanding that these be restored. The few lectuters we have are just managing a lectuter to three to four courses; we lecture ourselves too and we don't want that anymore,; the SUG said.
All efforts by the Guardian to speak with the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aihanuwa Eregie, were not successful as the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr.Peter Ugbodaga, was said to be on leave.
However, an official of the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Guardian: "The principal was sent there in acting capacity because their substantive principal retired few days ago and with time, a substantive principal will be appointed. But in any case, what is tjeir interest about who becomes their principal? Their responsibility is to go and study in the school."
On the accreditation the school, he said: "The non-accreditation does not affect the school. The school suspended admission of new intales while those already there would complete their programmes. The state government, through the ministry is already working to ensure that the school and that of midwifery get the or accreditation back
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