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Protest looms in Imo school of nursing over illegal fees

By Chinonso Alozie

Owerri—THERE is tension at the School of Nursing, Umulogho in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, over alleged use of “force” by the school management to compel students to retake hospital finals examination. Vanguard learned yesterday that some of the aggrieved students were preparing for a showdown with the management to make public their travails.

It was also gathered that parents, who allegedly paid N250,000 for their children to retake the hospital finals examination with the assurance that they would pass, have become frustrated.

They said: “ We have an impression that the school management deliberately failed all the retakers of hospital finals examination to defraud them. The only person the management deemed fit to favour in the examination was a student whose parents dragged the management to the Etiti High Court over the injustices meted out on her previously.”

Among other controversial issues causing uneasy calm in the school, as told by the students, was that they were persuaded to retake the exams which they had taken before. The students claimed “ it was against the nursing council rules for students to sit for the said examination twice.

“We were also compelled to pay N80,000 for the hospital finals. The school management deliberately exceeded the approved quota of students for personal gains. Those shortlisted for the council examination are students without recognized index number by the nursing council.”

Efforts to reach the Principal of the school, Rev. Sister Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, were abortive.

Astaff of the school who did not want her name mentioned, said the allegations were not true.

“The students should be blamed because they want to achieve everything by all means without following the stipulated guidelines.”

You must cross step one before you get to step two. Why is it that our people do not want to take things easy. They deserve whatever they are seeing now.”



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