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VC wants fight against corruption extended to tertiary institutions



For President Muhammadu Buhari to win the war against corruption in the country, he has to take the fight to the educational system. This was the position of the Vice Chancellor of Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Prof Celestine A. Ntuen, in an interview with The Guardian on the effect of sex-for-mark syndrome in tertiary institutions.

Ntuen, who disclosed that the syndrome is mostly prevalent in public universities, lamented that moral decadence in society is a result of corruption from the top, which has eaten deep into the fabric of society.

The vice chancellor stressed that the President needs to fight corruption in the nation’s tertiary, secondary and primary institutions to be successful in war against corruption in other sectors.

He explained that all the educational institutions from nursery to primary, secondary and tertiary are beginning to be corrupt. He stated: “The cause of all the moral decadence in our institutions starts from the top and the whole system has a tendency of corruption. You know that this corruption is not only about money. You can hear that monies sent to universities are being misappropriated and now lecturers are also abusing students by taking money to give grades. “When you take money from students to give grades without teaching them, what do we expect, if not uneducated and corrupt nation?

“Buhari needs to fight corruption at all levels of our educational system. There should be punitive measure against anyone found culpable of sex-for-marks syndrome in our institutions. There must be inspection and monitoring in our institutions.”

Ntuen said sex-for-marks and other moral decadency in institutions of learning can be curbed if sanctions, rules and regulations are put in place and enforced by establishing sanctioning, inspection, monitoring and evaluation teams and monitored by corrupt free officials.

“We can stop all this menace if we have sanction, rules and regulations and set up a section that monitors these behavior.“Unfortunately, corruption has been the bane of Nigeria and has become the cancer in our bone.”

He called on his colleagues in tertiary institutions to show the way, do the right things and display right morals and ethics as mentors to the students they teach.“We cannot be educators when we are not teaching them. We cannot be confidant to these students when we are secretly corrupting and abusing them. If you want to call yourself a professional in the educational institution, you must have a good moral standard.”

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