A lecturer at the Kogi State Polytechnic has been suspended for allegedly pushing pupils to buy textbooks in order to pass their exams.
When the President of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon, and his entourage paid the polytechnic’s management a courtesy visit on Thursday, September 9, the institution’s Rector, Usman Salisu Ogbo (shown above), revealed the lecturer’s suspension.
The Rector, who did not name the staff, stated that any lecturer who requires students to pay for textbooks in order to pass their exams is clearly violating the educational system.
He revealed 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.
Ogbo said: “We had cases whereby some lecturers would insist that if students failed 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 in our school bookshops and not make it compulsory for students to buy them. Despite our clear intentions, some cabals are not happy.”
Kogi Poly has taken a very good initiative in suspending the aforementioned lecturer. At this juncture, it will serve as a deterrent to other lecturers who are doing same or are intending to force their students to buy their handouts in exchange for a pass in exams.