Students of the University of Calabar (Unical) would definitely be in trouble if the institution strictly enforces the 75% attendance to lectures as a pre-condition for writing their semester examinations.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof James Epoke, re-affirmed the institution's position on regular attendance to lectures during the recent matriculation. He implored the new students to always be punctual, as absence from classes would attract penalty.
Epoke advised the students to study carefully the norms of the university as stated in their handbook and warned that ignorance of rules and regulations would not be an excuse for any breach of the law.
According to him, any student caught in social vices would be expelled. Epoke said only 4,522 students were admitted out of the 50,701 candidates that sought admission for the 2012/2013 academic year.
According to him, out of the candidates admitted, 3,467 were for Science courses while 1,055 were for Arts. He lamented the limited carrying capacity of the institution which couldn't accommodate 50,701 candidates.
He said the cut-off points were set to accommodate the number the university could accommodate in the different programmes.
Some of the new students expressed happiness for gaining admission into the university after series of hurdles.
In the words of Akpan Christopher of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Faculty of Education: "I am very glad to be one of the lucky ones clad in matriculation gown, as the VC said out of 50,701 applicants only 4,522 made it, so my joy today exceeds boundaries and all thanks to Almighty God for making today a dream come true. Parents of matriculants were also in cheerful spirit at the event.
"I am happy to be the father of an undergraduate and a potential medical doctor for that matter," said Pastor Ignatius Atim of Libery Church of Nigeria, who was in Calabar for the first time.
He advised the matriculating students to get closer to God and urged them to imbibe the fear of God in order to excel in their quest for knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Uchegbu is a 500 level of Accounting, Unical.