FAVOUR FOR GRADE SCANDAL ROCKS LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY

A MASSIVE scandal is rocking the department of Mechanical Engineering of the Lagos State University in Ojo Lagos. A lecturer in the department, who is also an Examination Officer in the department, Mr. APC Oliyide is angry that a senior colleague in the department (names withheld)

has been awarding dubious pass marks to students, who by their conduct and performance should repeat courses; thereby making them to walk away as graduates at the risk of the school’s reputation.

In a petition, dated June 18, 2010 written by Oliyide and sent to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun. The petition was also copied to the Vice Chancellor of the University and some other senior fellows of the school.

Oliyide, who said he had been on the employ of the university in the past 15 years and had been the Examination Officer since 2008, is worried by what he called the “numerous acts of examination malpractices committed” by the named senior colleague, who holds a strategic position in the department. He described the acts as disturbing.

According to Oliyide, two students of the department (names withheld), one with Matriculation Number, 01/02/02/193 and another with Mat.No. 04/02/02/087 are just two of the numerous students, who had allegedly benefited from his senior colleague’s questionable generousity.

Said Oliyide: “The student with Mat No 01/02/02/193, who was not allowed by me to write the examination because he arrived in the hall one hour after the commencement of examination for MEE 528, Industrial Engineering II, was eventually given a 1.0 score by… (names withhel) on the student’s graduating profile whereas the attendance register and the mark sheet showed that he did not seat (sic) for the examination”

The female student with Mat No 04/02/02/087 did not pass MEE 512 (Refridgeration and Air Conditioning) taught by (names withheld), according to the script available in the examination office archives. However, from nowhere they brought a script with a score of 68 per cent whereas the one in the archives reads 00 and this student was graduated.”

Oliyide stated that his efforts to straighten things out with his senior colleague had rather attracted to him a threat of being dealt with from the senior colleague.

He said: “I have confronted …. on many occasions on these atrocities of altering and changing marks but rater than stop, I was always shouted down and threatened to be dealt with by ensuring that my contract appointment is not renewed. My position as the Examination Officer since 2008 has revealed so much misconduct on the part of …, who now wants to get rid of me because I know too much.”

He prayed the university’s authorities to urgently intervene by setting up an independent committee to investigate the matter.

The Nigerian Compass on Saturday, however gathered that Oliyide’s prayers might have been answered as the University said that investigations were still ongoing in the petition.

According to Mrs. Anthonia Oyeniji, the Public Relations Officer of the University, a committee has been set up by the authorities of the institution to investigate the allegations. She said the result of the investigation would be made public in due course.

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