Thursday, April 18, 2024

Imo Assembly To Stop Tertiary Institutions From Delaying Graduating Students Result

The Imo State House Of Assembly has mandated Tertiary Institutions in the State to ensure that their graduating students are not subjected to undue and unwarranted delays in the processing and release of the Statements of Result, Transcripts and Certificates.

Moving the Motion, the Chief Sponsor and Member Representing Ezinihitte Mbaise State Constituency, Hon Henry Agbasonu, expressed sadness over what he called the Culture Of Corruption of Tertiary Institutions in Imo State in deliberately delaying the issuance of Transcripts, Statements of Result and Certificates to graduating students.

Displaying his displeasure on the matter, Hon Agbasonu, who is also the Chairman of House Committee on Education, explained that the issue of result and certificate in Tertiary Institutions in Imo State has become very frustrating and demoralizing, which discourages new students from seeking admission into Tertiary Institutions in the State, due to corrupt tendencies where people intentionally make things difficult for others, in other to rip them off scare resources.

According to him, Some students may need to further their education in other Institutions, but face very difficult tasks in getting transcripts. Perhaps, they have done the needful in clearance, school fees etc, yet these Institutions make things difficult for them to have Transcripts and Results, due to unnecessary bureaucracy, which puts the beneficiary at risk of jeopardizing chances of meeting up with the deadline fixed by the prospective institutions and organizations. It has become terribly difficult for graduates to do their Masters and Post graduate courses, because of the difficulty it takes in having first degree certificates issued to them.

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Hon Agbasonu went further to list Some Tertiary Institutions, which he said produce graduates on a yearly basis to include:

* Imo State University Owerri

* Federal University Of Technology, Owerri

* Imo State Polytechnic

* University Of Agriculture, Umuagwo

* K. O. Mbadiwe University, Ideato

* Benjamin Uwajumogu College Of Education

* FECOLART

* College Of Nursing Sciences, Orlu

Expressing his sadness further, Hon Dr Agbasonu disclosed that since 2020 to 2023, the results of the pupils and students who sat for both Basic Education and Certificate Examination (BECE) and First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) are yet to be released, noting that both examinations are conducted by the Ministry Of Education, through the Examination Development Centre, EDC.

The lawmaker further explained that while BECE is an Examination written by JSS 3 students, FSLC is an Examination written by Primary 6 pupils.

He argued that the Ministry Of Education has no cogent reason to offer as explanation for the delay in releasing the results for four consecutive years, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

He further argued that while the results are yet to be released, affected students and pupils, especially the JSS 3 Students, had gone ahead to be promoted to the next class. “If the results are released today and it is discovered that some of the promoted JSS 3 students who are now in SS1, SS2 and SS3 failed their examination, will they come back to retake the JSS 3 exam ? Hon Dr Agbasonu brilliantly asked.

He thereafter beckoned on his Honourable Colleagues to support his Motion to urge the Education-friendly Governor, His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma to direct the Ministry Of Education to do the needful to correct the anomaly.

The motion which was seconded by Hon Barrister Chisom Ojukwu and was co-sponsored by Hon Okey Udeze (Ideato North), Hon Dr Francis Uzoma Osuoha (Ohani/Egbema), Hon Engr Uche Francis Agabige (Orsu), Hon Barrister Chisom Ojukwu (Nkwerre), Hon Barrister Dominic Ezerioha (Oru-west), Hon Chief Samuel Ogbunikpa (Okigwe), Hon Chief Benneth Ozioma Ebonine (Njaba).

In the absence of any dissenting voice against the motion, the Speaker Of Imo State House Of Assembly, Rt Hon Chike Olemgbe urged the Management Teams of Tertiary Institutions in Imo State to ensure that their graduating students are not subjected to undue and unwarranted delays in the processing and release of the Statement Of Result, Transcripts and Certificate.

He asked Imo Governor, Hope Uzodimma to direct the Ministry of Education and EDC to release the BECE and FSLC results of 2020 to 2023 respectively.

The speaker noted that the Imo State Ministry of Education should come up with an Administrative Policy to ensure prompt release of results, and to eradicate undue delay in the processing and release of Statements of Result, Certificates and Transcripts, and indeed, all relevant results in all Public Institutions in Imo State to ensure that our students and graduates are not subjected to unnecessary delay with it’s attendant consequences.

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