… As over 2,000 fresh students matriculated
The provost of federal college of education ( Technical), Umunze, Dr Tessy Okoli has warned students that there is no room for examination malpractices, indecency, cultism and all forms of unruly behaviors by students in the college.
The provost gave the warning during the 30th NCE, 8th Degree and PDE joint matriculation excise for newly admitted students of the college stressing that the college has maintained a rigid policy against students’ cultism even as offenders face outright expulsion and prosecution by the relevant authorities.
She advised students to face their studies diligently as fresh entrants into the system and desist from any association with notorious groups that would jeopardize their future. Stating further that her commitment is to enthrone sanity and crime-free campus as her expectation is to maintain and not hurt the peace of the institution.
Dr. Tessy who is the first internal provost however, encouraged students to face their study serious which is the primary objective for being in the college. Her words: “This College is guided by professional conduct geared towards academic excellence. Henceforth, 75 percent attendance to lecture by students is mandatory for all courses offered in the college.
“Students who play truancy during lectures would have themselves to blame.your primary object for being in this college is to learn and not to derail your ambition by engaging in activities that would not add any value to your life.
“Tertiary institutions are not cities of pleasure, as erroneously believed by some students. Most students in the tertiary institution are guilty of poor time management. I encourage you to be wise and form study groups and associate yourself with friends that would impact positively on your chosen career. Do not allow negative peer influence to steer you off track. Remain focused on your studies and you will surely achieve success.
“The college frowns at the sad development where young ladies live together with male students in off campus residential areas. We must put a stop to cohabitation of male and female students, since it encourages immorality and constitutes a distraction to academic work. The college has good and spacious hostel accommodation for students where surveillance and security is guaranteed.
“We do not tolerate bribe-for-marks, often called ‘sorting’. We do not tolerate any form of indecent harassment of students. I implore lecturers and students to apply their hearts unto wisdom and avoid the pursuit of vanities that will only bring misery and regrets at the end”.
The provost stressed that the college laid more emphasis on entrepreneurship, ICT, technical and vocational skills which have continued to attract the required commendation and patronage. She said the initiatives were introduced to equip students with employable skills that would make them job creators on completion of their various programmes in the college.
Speaking at the occasion, the vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Joseph E. Ahaneku, thanked the entire management of the college for the good work they have been doing especially to the degree students.
Ahaneku, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Education, UNIZIK, Prof. Nkechi Esomonu, reminded the students that one of the things that makes Nnamdi Azikiwe University tick is her excellence in almost everything. He however advised students to participate actively in everything required to do in school to be successful.
He maintained that the students belong to Nnamdi Azikiwe University having found the college good enough to host the students of UNIZIK. He further stressed that UNIZIK supervises the teaching at the college as well as moderate their exam questions and degree results.
Also speaking, Executive secretary of the National commission for colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu charged the students to take their studies seriously as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
He noted that the college is teaching for self reliance in technology from day one and students should cease the opportunity to acquire the relevant entrepreneurial knowledge that would not only make them self reliant but also job creators.
One of the matriculating students who gave her name as Anya Amarachukwu Rita was full of joy as she expressed her excitement at finally getting her desired course of study in the college.
Amara, admitted to study educational management and policy said she is ready to abide by the college rules and regulation and every other things that will help build her career as a student.
Another student who gave her name as Adaobi Goodness Umeh from department of Agriculture and Home Economics said that the college has everything the students need to study and make good careers. She said the only challenge the students are facing in the school is the access road which the state government earlier promised to repair.