… Declines Readiness For Next Months Accreditation
…10, 11 Yr Old Students Lose Hope Of Graduation
Again Imo State Government has dashed the hope of medical students who hitherto have been hoping to get accredited by November 2020.
This followed the stand of the State Government which through the commissioner for education made it clear that the Imo state Government would not meet up with the requirements of the medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to be granted accreditation.
According to Education Commissioner,the requirements of the MDCN when they visited Imo in 2017 for accreditation during the tenure of former Governor Okorocha, they put it to the school authority and the Government to provide Laboratory, Library, Buildings amongst other facilities to enable the Council give them accreditation after the temporary accreditation given to them.
Surprisingly, the Imo State Government from the said 2017 which they were given temporary accreditation till date, non of the said requirements were met, an act which has led the students to spend over Ten years without hope of graduating anytime soon.
However, the implications of the failed 2020 Accreditation include non graduation of the students in the next four years since the MDCN visits schools for accreditation between three and four years after the last visit.
Lead investigation to the Campus situate at Umuna in Orlu Local Government proved that some of the existing structures such as the Laboratory, Library which the MDCN ordered the state Government as at their last visit in 2017 to equip to fast rack the Accreditation are now shadows of its selves which may not be accepted again anytime, the council storms Imo for the said accreditation.
However, the opinion of the Imo state Government as made available through the Education Commissioner, prof Ikegwuoha, the state Government demands a little patience from the students and Imo people in general to provide all the requirements of the commission so as to meet up with the said requirements any time, they come for the said accreditation.
Speaking with the Lead Newspaper, one of the medical students who gave her name as Chika appealed with the State Government to come to the aide of the students who according to her have been in the school for Eleven and Twelve years without hope of graduation adding that some of them are due for marriage yet they are still liabilities to their parents.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria University Commission, (NUC) had Three years ago stopped the school from admitting medical students pending their accreditation by the MDCN.
This suspension of admission as directed by NUC has reduced the number of the students in the Orlu Campus, an act which has also affected the Hostels built by private persons as most of the Hostels are now empty.