Students of the Edo State School of Nursing yesterday chased out their teacher and other workers to protest the appointmentof a new principal.
The students locked the gate and stopped people from coming in.Lectures were paralysed as the placard -carrying students vowed to continue the protest, until their demands are met.
It was learnt that the new principal was to take over yesterday but the handing over was disrupted by the from Osagle Otabor, Benin students' protest
President of the Student Union Government Anyanbu Johnson said: "The principal will retire today and the government appointed Mrs. Osazuwa, who is the Principal of School of Midwifery as our principal
" The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria stipulates that the principal of a nursing school must be a nursing tutor and not a midwifery tutor.
"We are saying no to the appointment of a midwife. She was the principal of school of midwifery and the school has not been accredited in the past three years.There are only two students in that school."Our school was also not accredited. We want to speak with the government on this matter.
"We have qualified lecturers in our school that the Government should appoint and not from midwifery that is a specialty under nursing."
Another student, Osadolor Marris, Said they wanted the government to reverse its decision and work towards the school's accrediation.
"We do not have tutors. The nursing council said our hostel must be ready before our schoold would be accredited," she said
Commissioner for Health Aihanuwa Heregie could not be reached for comments
Sources said Mrs. Osazuwa was appointed in an acting capacity, pending when a substantive principal would be named