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FCET Umunze provost warns students against cohabitation, cultism

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

The Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra state, Dr. Tessy Okoli, has warned fresh students of the college against cohabitation with opposite sex, cultism and harassment on the campus.

Dr. Okoli, who gave the warning during the 31st/9th joint matriculation ceremony for NCE and Degree students, on Saturday, told her audience that the college has zero tolerance for examination malpractices, indency and all forms of unruly behaviour by students. She stressed that offenders would face outright expulsion and prosecution by the relevant authorities.

“In other institutions, there is this growing trend of ‘single at home, married on campus’. This is a situation where female students live together with male friends in off campus residential areas. I urge a tertiary institutions to rise against this trend.

“This college does not allow cohabitation of male and female students, since it encourages immorality and constitutes a distraction to academic work.

“We encourage new students to live in school hostels where adequate security is provided. I urge parents to encourage their children to live in school hostels where surveillance and efficient monitoring are routinely carried out to avoid any unwanted incidence”, she said.

The provost while reiterating that the college would continue to adopt various safety measures as contained in the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus, she added, “we are not lowering our guard in the fight against this pandemic. Take the measures seriously.

“The college lays emphasises on entrepreneurship, ICT, technical and vocational skills to equip our students with employable skills that make them job creators on completion of their programmes.

“Both NCE and degree programmes of the college enjoy full accreditation status from the NCCE and NUC respectively.

“We do not tolerate bribe-for-mark often called ‘sorting’; We do not condone any form of indecent harassment of students. Our commitment to crime-free campus is sacrosanct. I urge you to live by your vow and conduct yourself with decorum throughout your stay in this college”, Okoli enjoined the over 1,500 matriculants.

In an address, the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone FAS, said both the university and college were top flight institutions, and remarked “that the affiliation affords students admitted under the affiliation structure the rare privilege of studying for a degree of the university in academic programmes domiciled in the FCET, but whose curricula and other requirements are the same high academic standards of the university”.

Esimone, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Frederick Odibo, said the university has linkages with world renowned universities spread across United States of America, China, Europe and Africa, as well as other local institutions. The essence of the linkages, according to him, is to facilitate academic programme development, teaching/research, public service and staff/student exchange.

He tasked the matriculants to make the best use of the facilities placed at their disposal in the college, while reminding the degree students that they would be subjected to the same academic rules and regulations prevalent in the university. The vice-chancellor, who charged the students to be of good conduct, warned them against absenteeism at lectures, examination misconduct, certificate forgery and cultism.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa Aliyu-Muhammed, who was represented by Lawrence Arenu, the Director, Special Duties, congratulated the students for choosing a teacher-producing institution, while describing teaching profession as the best.

He told his audience that the Federal Government was working on improving the welfare of teachers in the country, while enjoining them to be determined and well-behaved throughout their stay.

In separate interviews, Chinemerem Eze of School of Business Education and Somtochukwu Oneafu of School of Home Economics and Agricultural, thanked the college management, while promising to keep to the matriculation oath. They expressed optimism that they would have a fruitful stay in the college.

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