By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin – Tension, yesterday, enveloped Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, as the governing council announced the expulsion of 212 students who were found guilty of alleged involvement in examinationÂ malpractices in the last first semester examination while 139 others were asked to rewrite the examination in the 2009/2010 academic session.
Already, fully armed stern looking policemen were on ground to avert possible break down of law and order by the affected students, while visitors to the polytechnic were thoroughly screened by the private security guards stationed at the gate.
The chairman governing council of the polytechnic, Engineer Ayinla Musa Yeketi, flanked by the newly appointed Rector, Alhaji Masud Elelu and other members of the governing council, told journalists at a press briefing that two of the fiveÂ lecturers who faced the panel wereÂ found to be involved in the examination scandal and have been sacked by the governing councilÂ while the remaining three were exonerated
According to him, â€œthe academic board recommended different levels of punishment for the students, depending on the degree of involvement. For instance, 139 students are to have the courses affected carried over to the 2009/2010 session.
â€œOn the other hand, out of the five academic staff mentioned in connection with the infractions, three were found to be innocent, hence were recommended to be exonerated and recalled to the polytechnic and their official positions. However, two were found guilty, hence were recommended to be punished in accordance with the level of their involvements,â€ Yeketi explained.
â€œWhile one was recommended for dismissal, the other was to be warned and have his promotion deferred for 6 months,â€ he added.
Yeketi added that some ex-students were the key players in the examination fraud based on the outcome of the report of the committee that was forwarded to the academic board of the institution for consideration and later approved by the governing council of the polytechnic.
Consequently, he said one of such ex-students of the institution, who are key players in the act, had his HND certificate withdrawn, another barred from seeking admission to the polytechnic for his HND progamme, while the remaining two students involved in the act would be handed over to the police for further investigationÂ on the matter.
Yeketi stressed that the governing council was committed to the academic excellence of the institution, noting that all measures that will enhance the academic programmes of the polytechnic would be put in place.