By AFAM Echi
The management of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, has wielded the big stick to instill discipline among its students and employees.
News filtering from its stable and confirmed by the school’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mrs Uche Bright Nwelue, indicates that the institution expelled 10 students and rusticated 103 others over examination malpractice.
According to Volume 40 No. 4 of FUTO News, the Biology Department recorded four casualties; Biotechnology, two; Biochemistry, one; Maritime Management Technology, one, and Information Management Technology one.
It read: “At its 144th meeting, the Senate considered the report on the cases of the students accused of examination misconduct, during the 2016/2017 Rain Semester examinations and found them liable for being in possession of cell phones, which contained answers relevant to the examination.”
In the same vein, FUTO authorities rusticated 103 students, “following Senate consideration at the same meeting, of a report on examination misconduct, which found them liable of impersonation and copying from one another.”
Some staff (names withheld), were not spared in the effort to inject sanity into the system. They wereterminated, dismissed or suspended from duty.
The appointment of staff of FUTO International Secondary School, according to FUTO News, was terminated, for alleged “gross misconduct, bordering on the case of abandonment of duty.”
While the university management, after considering the report and recommendations of the Junior Staff Disciplinary Advisory Committee, found a staff (name withheld), of the Biological Sciences, liable of dishonesty, it also ordered his dismissal, with effect from February 21.
FUTO management also found another staff (names withheld) “guilty of unauthorized sale of university properties and consequently suspended him from duty for three months, with effect from April 9.”
Exam malpractices have remained a recurring decimal in our institutions and according to education watchers it is a strong index of a weakening educational system. It would be recalled that recently a Polytechnic burnt cell phones implicated in exam irregularities amounting to N15m million.
They also hoped that the recent action of the University would help to whip the students and staff into line and sustain the good image of the University built over time.