Suspension of Nursing
Students: The Truth About it
Reality is evidently characterized by
opposing forces prominent among which is the opposition between the forces of
good and evil. More interesting is the fact that both forces have human beings
as their agents. Thus agents of positive change are not only saddled with the
task of overcoming the force of evil but are constantly faced with the
brutality and machinations of evil men and women.
In the area of education, the struggle for the triumph of the good manifesting
in character formation, instilling of moral values and the holistic up-bringing
of the psycho-social aspects of the human person is more complicated. More
responsibility is involved when the youths (the direct objects of education
system) are already attuned to the various ills that bedevil the contemporary
education in Nigeria such as cultism, exam malpractice, sorting, abuse of
students' freedom, campus prostitution, and what have you?
Consequently, to spare the rod entails
spoiling the child, but to use the rod equally attracts the wrath and different
pranks of the child, just to escape. Within the circle of Nigerian educational
system, there is an apparent coven of corruption and a complicated cobweb of
mountainous obstacles that educators who refuse to follow the trend have many
issues to contend with.
I read with a great shock and embarrassment the
write up on the internet and Daily Trust Newspaper dated 9th of December,
2014 in connection with some Nursing students of Madonna University who were
sent home on one year suspension for some gross misconduct.
As the Director of Public Relations of the
University and armed with the truth of the matter, I could not imagine but
began to wonder where on earth the writers got the unfounded, baseless
misinformation posted there.
Let us look at the points one after another:
of Funds by Sr. Mac-Anthony
It is important to note here and clearly
too that the payment for accommodation was done for a period of five years by
bank transfer through the bursary department of the University when the
said Mac-Anthony was not yet in any way involved in the University
administration. The allegation therefore is certainly unfounded and baseless.
Over congested Accommodation:
Since the University have started sending
students on posting, this particular set happened to be the smallest in size.
All along, our students have always enjoyed spacious accommodation until now
that the number is slime; the building suddenly became too small to accommodate
them. What an irony?
Increment of Fees:
It is paramount to note here that the increment
of school fees has literally nothing to do with the case under consideration.
Above all, of all the private Universities in the country, there is none as
cheap as Madonna University. This assertion does not call for any contest as it
can be easily verified from the net by anyone that cares to know. The so called
increment is still a token as compared with any other private University in the
country offering Nursing Education.
The Truth of the Matter:
Madonna is a University built on the two solid
pillars of sound academics and morals. Our products are therefore expected to
be academically grounded and morally sound. The suspended students deviated
from this standard when they behaved in the following unacceptable ways:
without permission the accommodation provided by the University and checked
into hotels. By so doing they risked their lives and the good image of the
University as their parents would demand an account from the management should
anything happen to them.
2. From these
unauthorized accommodations, they were visiting the students' lodge at very
late and odd hours with unscrupulous friends and in this manner did not only
disobey the University but also constituted themselves into security risk to
those who obeyed.
3. Their conduct
became more unacceptable when at the end of their posting, the University sent
vehicles to convey them back to the institution and they were nowhere to be
found but only came back many days after.
What Everyone Must Know
For avoidance of doubt, Madonna University,
the first private University to go into operation in Nigeria by 1999 has
achieved a lot to deserve commendation instead of false accusations. For
instance, the latest web metric ranking of African Universities has Madonna
among the first one hundred out of hundreds of African Universities. The same ranking
places Madonna among the first ten (10) Universities in Nigeria. Currently, all
courses offered in Madonna University enjoy NUC and relevant board/council
It is on record that our law graduates, for
instance, come out tops in their law school examinations. Our medical,
optometry, medical laboratory, pharmacy, and nursing graduates are working in
all continents of the world with our certificates.
Madonna University is the only private University
operating a three campus system with each of the campuses looking better than
most Universities you can imagine.
Following from the above, one wonders where the
writer of the article got his/her misinformation from and went on to publish
such falsehood without any verification from the University management.
May I conclude by appealing to all to learn to
appreciate the good in others so as to stand a chance of attracting goodness to