The Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, on Friday said it had ousted 202 understudies for cultism and examination acts of neglect in the vicinity of 2015 and 2018.
Mr Samuel Sogunro, the institution’s Rector in his answer to the 8th Congregation of the polytechnic, said 183 undergraduates were rusticated for cultism while 19 were asked to take a hike for exam malpractice.
Sogunro said 88 of the 183 understudies were in the School of Full-Time Studies while 95 were in the School of Part-Time Studies.
“The present administration has zero tolerance for cultism and the Polytechnic Governing Council has directed that the names of the culprits should be published in a national daily and that would be done soon,” he said.
Sogunro noted that the management had instituted four types of students empowerment programmes to expose students to entrepreneurial skills and empower them while in school and after graduation.
He named the programmes as Agriculture Students’ Empowerment Scheme (ASES), Industrial Technology Students Empowerment Scheme (IT-SES), Students Projects’ Empowerment Scheme (SPES) and Employable Skills ‘Acquisition Empowerment Scheme (ESAES).
On the school’s academic programmes, the Rector said 66 out of the 67 programmes offered by the polytechnic were due for re-accreditation and that the accreditation team would be visiting by third quarter of the year.
“Towards the accreditation, it is worthy to inform the congregation that the State Government has released the sum of N542 million out of the N750 million promised for infrastructure and manpower development.
“The polytechnic, on its parts, has conducted mock accreditation in the affected programmes and departments of the institution ahead of the main accreditation,” he said.
On staff development, Sogunro noted that 129 staff members were promoted in 2014/2015 while 250 were promoted in the 2015/2016 exercise.