By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€”Â A syndicate which specialises in admitting students illegally at the Kaduna Polytechnic has been uncovered by the authorities of the institution.
An audit committee set up by the polytechnic discovered that about 1,672 students were illegally admitted during the 2009-2010 session and defrauded the school about N40 million altogether as each of the illegal students paid between N30,000 and N60,000 to secure admission.
Sources told newsmen in Kaduna yesterday that the names in the list of the illegally admitted studentsÂ managed to find their ways into the polytechnicâ€™s website.
Most students get backing
But a senior lecturer who spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity said most of the students whose names were neither recommended by the various departments for admission or received the backing of the Rector but found their way into the admission list published on the school website were children andÂ wards of the institutionâ€™s workforce.
The lecturer who is a former Head of Department in the institution said many people had their admission request approved by the Rector, but such names did not necessarily appear on the list of admission approved by the RectorÂ and refused to give further details.
It was revealed that the AcademicÂ Staff Union of Polytechnic in the school recently forwarded a letter of protest to the Rector, Dr. Danjuma Issa, and the Governing Council to investigate the matter and punish those involved.
The development may have informed the management to set up an admission review committee whose report found out that admission list of the five colleges and 33 departments were inflated outside the approved lists.
According to the report, signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee, M.J. Mohammed and Zayyanu I. Kukasheka respectively, â€œsequel to the discovery of some problems with the recently conducted first admission of Kaduna Polytechnic (2009/2010), the Rector instructed that APAC in conjunction with 33 Heads of Departments should review the admission exercise.
â€œThe exercise was conducted on the 8th and 9th March 2010 at the Board Room Annex, Central Administration by members of APAC and the 33 Heads of Departments.
â€œOn the admission lists, those admitted based on departmental approval submissions were marked D while those admitted based on Rectorâ€™s approval were marked R. It was discovered that some candidates appeared on the admitted lists, but they are neither in the departmental nor Rectorâ€™s approved list. Such candidates were marked with asterisk on the printed admission lists.
â€œThe committee observed that some names were repeated in the printed admission list and this shows that there was something wrong even with the programme itself. This is because if the programme was correct, it would have recognised only one name and number per candidate and reject any repetition. Moreover, the printed admission lists were not serialised.â€
The report further showed that the College of Business and Management Studies has the highest number of illegal admissions with 924 students, followed by the College of Administration and Social Science Studies with 245 students.