DELSU expels 21, rusticates 33 for exam malpractice
Suspends 24 students
Authorities of Delta State University (DELSU) Abraka, at the weekend, wielded the big stick by expelling 21 students, rusticating 33 others for alleged examination malpractice, while 24 others were suspended for the same offence.
The university also withdrew the approved results of two former students, who studied at the Agbor affiliate centre of the school. These disciplinary measures were contained in the summary report of the university’s Examination Malpractice Mobile Disciplinary Committee, which was published on the university’s website at the weekend.
The report said that nine other students earlier arraigned before the committee were discharged, but strongly warned to be careful during examinations.Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Victor Peretomode, also told journalists at the weekend that the expelled students were found wanting in offences including impersonation, illegal possession and use of the university’s answer booklets in examination halls.
He added that a large number of students were rusticated for six academic semesters over offences such as cheating, aiding and abetting malpractice, taking extraneous materials into examination halls and similar charges.
His words “The suspension penalty was handed to the 24 students over their failure to appear before the committee that held its meetings between July 8 and 29, 2016. The suspended students were required to appear before the committee on the 30th of August 2016.”
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), in a swift reaction, faulted the school’s management and the committee, accusing the duo of insincerity in handling allegations of students’ indiscipline and misconduct.
South-South coordinator of the union, Comrade Pedro Obi, in a telephone interview, alleged that there were evidence for NANS to believe that some of the affected students were unjustly penalised, noting that the union does not encourage indiscipline in any form or kind.