A staff of the Kogi State Polytechnic has been suspended for allegedly forcing students to buy textbooks before they would pass their examinations.
This was disclosed by the Rector of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Usman Salisu Ogbo when the President of National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon with his entourage paid a courtesy visit to the management of the institution on Thursday.
‘’It is a clear injustice to the educational system for any lecturer to impose textbooks, popularly called handouts on students before they could pass their examinations’’, the Rector said.
According to Usman, ‘’Some forces in the Polytechnic who are against his transformational agenda made several efforts to truncate the ban on the sale of textbooks to the students but failed’’.
Usman reinforcing the position of the institution’s management toward building an institution for all, irrespective of class or position in the society, also announced the transfer of a particular head of department whose stays in that position was questionable but the name was not mentioned.
According to Ogbo, ‘’we had cases whereby some lecturers would insist that if students refused to buy their textbooks, they would fail their examinations’’. We also have cases whereby students those students that bought books, and those that did not buy will be separated. This is pure wickedness’’, he said.
‘’Buying textbooks is not a criterion for students to pass their examinations. ‘’ We always encourage students to read their books, that is why we insisted that lecturers who have textbooks should place them in our school’s bookshops and not make it compulsory for students to buy them. Despite our intentions, some cabals are not happy’’.
Examination malpractices, cultism, social vices, forgery of results to secure admission to the polytechnic is now a thing of the past’’Usman said. He, therefore, warned that ‘’the current management will deal decisively with anyone found wanting to break the law.