Twelve lecturers of Auchi Polytechnic in Edo state have been dismissed, sixteen demoted, four warned in connection with sexual-related offences.
Besides, two other educators were advised, another two cautioned and one more lecturer would be mentored for some time.
The news was made public by the executive secretary of the board, Masa’udu Kazaure, at a news conference in Kaduna on Thursday, November 30.
Sometime in April, a fact-finding committee was launched to investigate the matter after the Punch newspaper published an article titled: “School Where Prostitutes Assist Male Students to Get Marks”
Mr Kazaure said:
The summary of the publication indicated that students hire prostitutes or beg their girlfriends to sleep with lecturers on their behalf in order to earn higher grades in their courses. The lecturer chooses a hotel of his choice and the affected students pay the hotel bills, which include the meals before the action.
Some of the lecturers give the option of paying by cash, which cost between N10, 000 and N20, 000, which could give the student not more than a ‘C’ grade.We promptly informed the Minister of Education, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Department of Security Services (DSS).
It took a week for the committee that comprised of representatives from EFCC, ICPC, DSS, NBTE and the Federal Ministry of Education to investigate and then propose long-lasting solutions to the problem and the report which was submitted to Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, in June this year was finally approved on November 21.
Consequently, the minister approved the dismissal from the services of the Polytechnic two chief lecturers, two principal lecturers and one Lecturer I.
Also, four chief lecturers, one principal lecturer, one lecturer I, one lecturer II and one higher technician had their appointments terminated.
The minister also approved the demotion of one chief lecturer, four principal lecturers, three senior lecturers, three lecturer I, four lecturer II, and one senior instructor.
One chief lecturer, one principal lecturer, one lecturer I, and one lecturer II were warned, while a chief lecturer and one senior technologist were advised to be of good conduct.
In addition, two senior lecturers were cautioned, an Assistant Lecturer is to be mentored and one ND student is to be advised, while another student denied admission into the Polytechnic.