By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, Dr. Tessy Okoli, has warned newly matriculated students of the institution against engaging in acts capable of distorting their academic pursuits.
Okoli reiterated the institution’s long standing tradition of upholding excellence, while admonishing the students to shun cultism, examination malpractice and cohabitation, remarking that such vices constitute distractions to students’ academic work.
The provost gave the admonition during the 30th NCE, 8th degree and PDE joint matriculation ceremony of 2018/2019 academic session of the institution.
Okoli, who is the first appointed internal provost of the college, established in 1986, assured the students that their welfare remains sacrosanct, disclosing that both the NCE and degree programmes enjoy full accreditation status from NCCE and NUC.
According to her, it is on record that the college has zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractices, indecency and all forms of unruly behaviour.
“As fresh entrants into the system, you are advised to face your studies diligently and desist from any association with notorious groups that would jeopardise your future”.
To avoid molestation and harassment of students, the provost advised that students live in school hostels where security is provided. She further encouraged them to report any threat or molestation to relevant school authorities for immediate action.
“To the parents, I urge you to encourage your children to live in school hostels where surveillance and efficient monitoring are routinely carried out to avoid any unfavorable incidence”, Okoli added.
Noting that the college was guided by professional conduct geared towards academic excellence, she hinted that 75 per cent attendance to lectures by students is mandatory for all courses offered in the college, even as she charged them to properly utilise their time in the college.
In an address, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, represented by Prof. Nkechi Esomonu, assured the students of the presence of qualified staff and adequate infrastructure, stressing that it forms the basis of the affiliation between UNIZIK and the college.
The VC further enjoined the matriculants to ensure that they participate in all activities approved by the college.
Earlier, the Director of Fiscal Planning, Sir Jonathan Achumie, who represented the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges Education (NCCE), Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, assured the new intakes that the institution has enjoyed uninterrupted academic calendar.
The executive secretary urged the students to avoid cultism, and to do the right thing, adding that they should reciprocate the gesture of their parents by taking their studies seriously.
He asked the students to take the advantage of enormous skill acquisition programmes in the college to enable them become self reliant upon graduation.
Highpoints of the event were the formal admission of the fresh students to student membership of the college and matriculation vow by the new students.