Usman Salisu Ogbo, the Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, has announced the suspension of a member of staff for allegedly pushing students to buy handouts in order to pass their exams.
On Thursday, Ogbo revealed this when the President of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon, and his entourage made a courtesy call to the polytechnic’s management.
The Rector, who did not name the personnel, stated that it is a blatant unfairness to the educational system for any professor to push textbooks, also known as handouts, on students in order for them to pass their exams.
He explained that those elements at the Polytechnic opposed to his transformation agenda tried multiple times but failed to lift the ban on textbook sales to students.
While underlining the current management’s commitment to creating an institution that is accessible to all, regardless of class or social status, Ogbo also announced the transfer of a particular head of department whose tenure had been questioned.
“We had occasions where certain teachers insisted that if pupils did not purchase their textbooks, they would fail their examination,” he says. We’ve also had occasions when kids who purchased books and those who did not are segregated. This is absolute depravity.
Buying of textbooks is not a justification for students to pass their examination. We always encourage our students to read their books, that is why we insisted that lecturers who have books should place them in our school bookshops and not make it compulsory for students to buy them. Despite our clear intentions, some cabals are not happy.
He went on to say that examination malpractice, cultism, social vices, and falsification of results to gain admittance to the Polytechnic are now a thing of the past, warning that anyone discovered wanting to break the law will be dealt with harshly by the current management.
While describing the NANS leadership visit as historic, Ogbo expressed gratitude to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for allowing him to serve, emphasizing that the Governor is a detribalized leader who will transform the country’s destiny.
He expressed gratitude to the Governor for contributing N268 million for the renovation of the school hostel.
Sunday Asefon, President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), had earlier given the Rector a vote of confidence for his outstanding leadership in reforming the school on behalf of over 41.1 million students at home and abroad.