Dr Usman Salisu Ogbo, the Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, has suspended a lecturer for allegedly pressuring pupils to buy text books in order to pass their exams.
Dr. Ogbo revealed this on Thursday when he hosted Comrade Sunday Asefon, President of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), and his entourage for a courtesy call in his office.
The Rector, who did not name the staff, stated that it is a blatant injustice to the educational system for any professor to impose textual books, also known as handouts, on students before they pass their exams.
While underlining his commitment to creating an institution that is open to all, regardless of class or social status, Dr. Ogbo also announced the transfer of a particular department head whose tenure had been questioned.
“We had occasions where certain teachers would stress that if pupils did not purchase their textbooks, they would fail their examination,” he said. We’ve also had occasions when kids who purchased books and those who did not are segregated. “This is utter depravity.”
“The purchase of textbooks does not entitle students to pass their exams. We constantly encourage our students to read their books, which is why we insisted that professors with books place them in our school bookstores rather than making it mandatory for students to purchase them. Some cabals are unhappy, despite our stated intentions.”
He went on to say that examination malpractices, cultism, social vices, and falsification of results to gain admission to the Polytechnic are now a thing of the past, and he warned that anyone found wanting and breaking the law will be dealt with harshly by the current management.