Giving extent of how the school has been managed since the state government renewed interest to revamp the school and hisown appointment over four years ago, Prof. Enoh listed that these 20 students were expelled for various unpardonable acts and the other 180 were given various levels of penalty including rustication.
He said, “We have also adopted other stringent measures that checked and scared students from engaging in unethical as well as examination malpractices. Within this period we were able to sanction 200 students.”
He was explaining the college’s activities that have made it become the cynosure of students and the general public at the NUJ press centre in Calabar where he said from the once mud houses structure, it is now completely restructured with modern infrastructure.
Although the provost did not spell out the various offences committed by the penalized students but he was bold to disclose that before the assumption of duty by his management the school was renowned as centre of cultism and gangsterism, beating other tertiary institutions in the state such as University of Calabar and Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH) to second place.
On ‘hand-outs’, the provost said that among measures taken to align with the motto of the school, which is ‘Quality Education’, they have outlawed the practice where teachers give their lectures as handouts to their students. He said they no longer encourage that.
“We have directed all College staff, particularly the lecturers, to assembly their manuscripts for their different courses they teach into bound monographs or volumes for first and semesters instead of handouts and the school would help encourage students of such subjects to buy them. This way, the works of the lecturers and their names would outlive them and they would make a neater and acceptable profit.
“Though this innovation met with initial resistance by the lecturers but now they all have come to appreciate how neat and better this has turned out because we compel students to buy the monographs. It has also enhances the quality of our students.
“At the end of every semester, the proceeds of sales of any monographs are either shared by the College or given to the authors/lecturers that compiled his works”, the provost explained.
He said the policy of the school authority is to ensure quality education imparted to students in theory and practice, adding that “this is why the school has now become highly rated by the National Council on Colleges of Education (NCCE) compare with few years ago.”
As a result of this, the provost said their students that have several ‘carry overs’ are not allowed such to proceed to teaching practice in order to safeguard the name of the school, explaining that they usually have them retake certain courses and exams. “We would then send them to our in-house primary and secondary schools to practice.”
Prof. Enoh also disclosed that in order to assist the indigent students of the school who were unable to pay their fees, the school authority decided to engage many of them as student -staff at monthly salary of N5000 to help keep the green and clean environment or in the many ongoing building projects.