Over 20 students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, southern Nigeria, have been either rusticated or expelled for examination malpractices and cultism.matpixHowever, as a way of rewarding hard work, diligence and academic excellence, seven final year students who consistently performed creditably in the past three years and with a cumulative grade point average of 4.4 and above were at the 2015/2016 matriculation ceremony honoured, decorated and given laptop computers.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Kinanee while addressing the students, said that the gesture was to motivate and encourage outstanding performances and to also instil the spirit of studentship and competencies among fresh students.

The matriculation ceremony at the university auditorium in Port Harcourt was the seventh in the series since the institution was upgraded to a university in 2009.

He welcomed the fresh students and congratulated them for making the best of a competitive opportunity and urged them to be focused and ensure that the huge financial and moral commitments of their sponsors were not in vain.

Prof Kinanee, who stated that cultism and examination malpractices were frowned upon by the university, informed them that close to ten students had been suspended over alleged involvement in cultism, pending investigation by relevant committees.

Over twenty students, he added, in the 2014/2015 session were also rusticated or expelled over examination malpractices, pointers to the fact that the university had zero tolerance for such social vices.

He also expressed appreciation to the state governor for the construction of the access road to the university, which had been in a deplorable state prior to his administration.

Professor Kinanee also commended the Governing Council, Senate, old students as well as academic and non teaching staff for ensuring a peaceful and stable study environment and wellbeing of the institution which he said was a land mark institution of excellence poised for better days.

Source: PM News