Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja Rector, Dr. Usman Salisu Ogbo, has declared the suspension of a lecturer in the institution for allegedly forcing students to buy textbooks before they would pass their examinations,aso naija reports.
Dr. Ogbo disclosed this when the President, National Association of Nigeria Students, Sunday Asefon; alongside his entourage, paid the management of the polytechnic a courtesy visit .
The Rector, who did not mention the name of the lecturer, said that it was a clear case of injustice to the educational system for any lecturer to impose textbooks or handouts on students before they could pass examinations.
He explained that some “forces” in the polytechnic who were against his transformation agenda made several efforts to truncate the ban on the sale of textbooks to student but failed.
While reiterating the position of the current management towards building an institution that is accessible for all irrespective of class or position in the society, Dr. Ogbo also announced the transfer of a particular head of department whose stay in that position was allegedly questionable.
“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 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 on our school bookshops and not make it compulsory for students to buy them. Despite our clear intentions, some cabals are not happy,” Ogbo explained.
He explained further that examination malpractices, cultism, social vices, forgery of result to get admission in the Polytechnic is now a thing of the past warn that the current management will deal decisively with anyone found wanting and breaking the law.