Emelam Udo Umuahia
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has suspended indefinitely the controversial Preliminary Test Session (PTS) examination taken by Nursing students in Abia State.
The suspension of the examination was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo while briefing the press alongside the Commissioner for Information on the ugly incident of protest that marred the rescheduled examination yesterday.
Okoronkwo explained that the problem was the overbloated admission of Nursing students conducted by the immediate past administration.
“This admission happened in April, so they were already in school when we came in. The schools were supposed to have taken at least 75 students only for the training institution but what we met on ground was 420 students. So we met that situation on ground, So, this is what we are trying to manage . We didn’t create it but we have to find solution”
The Health Commissioner informed that after the protest, ” the Nursing Council stepped in, sent a people from Abuja, we held a meeting with them and they said, for the students to take the exams , they must be sure, we have to now follow strictly the guidelines, that the first thing first, would be to verify that they have correct WAEC result.
She further that ” We started the process immediately, we requested the names from the Principals of the two schools; Nursing School Amachara and Nursing School, Umuahia and they provided the names, provided the documents. And have cleared about 500 students out of 700 and something of them.
It could be recalled that following earlier protest of some Nursing students few weeks ago over the alleged result and admission racketeering, the State government cancelled the PTS exam and rescheduled it.