The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, has said that this semester alone, it has suspended about 10 students over alleged involvement in cultism, saying that the affected students would remain suspended pending the outcome of investigation by relevant committees.
While restating the institution’s zero-tolerance for cultism and examination malpractices, the school authorities also said that in the 2014/2015 academic session, over 20 students were either rusticated or expelled for their alleged involvement in examination malpractice offences.
Speaking during the 2016 matriculation ceremony, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Joseph Kinanee, said that the Senate’s decision to impose severe sanctions on the affected students was to demonstrate the fact that the institution does not condone any such social vices, and would continue to implement measures to eliminate such distractions in the system.
Kinanee not only cautioned the 2,630 matriculating students offered admission into various programmes in the 2015/2016 academic session to stay away from cultism and examination malpractices, but also advised them to be focused throughout the four-year programme, and ensure that the huge financial and moral commitments of their sponsors are not allowed to go in vain by performing excellently at all exams.
The vice chancellor stressed that the university would always reward students who play by the rules and perform creditably in their semester examinations as a veritable means of motivating others to work even harder, and advised the new matriculating students to emulate some seven older students who, over the last three years, had consistently made cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.4 and above.
He commended the older students as well as academic and non-academic staff for ensuring peaceful and stable study environment for the university community, and enjoined the new intakes to join the bandwagon to ensure that the institution sustains its record as a premier centre of academic excellence in the country.
Kinanee also expressed the university community’s “gratitude to the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for the tremendous support he has been giving the institution in demonstration of his policy thrust on quality education”, and said that as visitor to the university, the governor should always keep his doors open to the authorities as they would from time to time come for his counsel and invaluable support.
While congratulating the fresh students for making the best of the competitive opportunity to acquire academic excellence at the second university of education in the country, Kinanee also tasked parents, guardians, friends and well-wishers to encourage all the new students to grab the rare opportunity with both hands.
He, however, expressed serious worry that about 30 per cent of the total number of students granted provisional admissions are yet to present themselves for clearance, warning that the affected students should note the strict implications of belated registration on their status as students.
The Tide investigation shows that out of the 2,630 students admitted through the direct entry and unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME), 541 were admitted into business studies faculty, 280 into education faculty, and 569 into faculty of humanities.
Further breakdown shows that 553 were admitted into faculty of natural and applied sciences, 552 into faculty of social science while 135 were admitted into the faculty of vocational and technical education.
The Tide also learnt that of the total admissions in the 2015/2016 academic session, about 12 per cent were by direct entry while another significant percentage came in through the part-time programme.
Source :The Tide
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