Speaking at the 36th matriculation of the 2017/2018 students, the newly confirmed Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo, Dr Sanusi Jimah, disclosed that the institution expelled 18 students and rusticated 62 others for misconducts in the 2016/2017 academic session.
Jimah, who was confirmed Rector last week, said the institution had zero tolerance for social vices and that the management would not hesitate to sanction any student found wanting.
He warned that students who presented fake credentials to gain admission would not be comfortable in the institution.
“All the credentials you presented during the registration process will be verified.
“If the credentials are found to be fake, the penalty is expulsion from the Polytechnic,’’ he said.
The rector said 11,173 students comprising 6,318 for National Diploma (ND) and 4,855 for Higher National Diploma (HND) courses were admitted into the institution for the current session.
He advised the students to shun cultism, violence, examination malpractice and other vices.
He also urged them to imbibe dialogue, peaceful co-existence, discipline and hard work to excel in their studies.
“You have come into this institution at a time that management is on a mission for transformation.
“This transformation agenda is directed at ensuring that corrupt practices are eliminated in the conduct of academic and other transactions in the polytechnic.
“The management will come down on staff, who extort students to enhance their examination grades or request gratifications to pass students.
“Just as we hold staff accountable to ensure proper conduct, so also management will hold students accountable to ensure discipline and full compliance with the rules and regulations,’’ he said.
The rector assured the students that staff and management would provide the enabling environment for them to excel.
He said that the institution would continue to promote quality education through the provision of modern teaching and learning facilities.
“Beginning from this session, the polytechnic is finalising the take-off of computer-based examination for all ND 1 and HND 1 students.
“This will advance the students’ knowledge on the use of electronic means of learning.
“Computer is of immense benefit in today’s world that is driven by information technology.’’