How a polytechnic lecturer was suspended for allegedly forcing students to buy handouts

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A lecturer from Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has been reportedly suspended for allegedly forcing students to buy text books before they would pass their examinations.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Rector of the institution, Dr Usman Salisu Ogbo.

According to Dr Ogbo, while receiving delegates from National Association of Nigeria Students, (NANS), it is a clear injustice to the educational system for any lecturer to impose texts books popularly called hand out on students before they could pass their examinations.

Also, a particular head of department whose stay in that position was questionable has been transferred. The affected lecturer’s names were mentioned.

He said, ”We had cases whereby some lecturers will insist that if students fail to buy their textbooks, they would fail their examination. We also have cases whereby those students that bought books and those that did not buy will be separated. This is pure wickedness.

”Buying of text books 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 it on our school bookshops and not make it compulsory for students to buy them. Despite our clear intentions, some cabals are not happy.”

He made it know that examination malpractices, cultism, social vices, forgery of result to get admission in the Polytechnic is now a thing of the past and warned that the current management would deal decisively with anyone found wanting and breaking the law.

Part of the delegates received by the Rector was NANS President, Comrade Sunday Asefon alongside his entourage.

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