… Explains why its Registrar, Bursar and 11 Others were Fired.
By Michael Odiah
The Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr. Jude Sinebe has said that the Computer Based Test (CBT) as introduced in the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku by the current Rector, Prof. Mrs. Stella Chiemeke, a professor in computer science, is a great move in the right direction as this has helped to salvage the institution above average from marks given upon purchases of textbooks, other forms of marks racketeering and extermination malpractices.
Sinebe stated this Tuesday, April 16 2018, during the section of his Ministry’s appearance at the ongoing ministerial press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Asaba stressing that, CBT is a true and better reflection of knowledge as students get to see their performance just immediately. “What ever you see is your score, no more sorting of any form”, he said.
Speaking on the recent dismissal of some Staff of the Polytechnic, the commissioner recounted that the Registrar and Bursar alongside 11 others were relieved of their duties with all retirement benefits forfeited, informing that the action on the Staff was due to their misconduct in going the extra mile of recruiting 177 new Staff in total disregard to the 23 vacancies approved by the immediate past governor in 2013 for the institution.
He said that the action of government was soft but is to serve as a deterrent to others that might want to venture into sharp practices in any State’s higher institutions.
Sinebe disclosed that the State government granted institutions in the State, permission to generate and appropriate funds for the running of the institutions and infrastructural developments, stressing that fees need to be paid in order to sustain the running of the Schools. “…parents should assist us by paying their wards fees on time, …and fees are now paid in installments, 60% then 40%”, adding that tuition fees in the State is relatively cheap in a year when compared with the fees of pupils in primary schools.
The Commissioner lamented the sharp decrease in revenue generated by the State institutions especially in the Delta State University (DELSU), saying that DELSU was able to generate N2billion in 2016 but reduced in 2017 to N1.6billion, stressing that no tertiary institution pays a kobo to government, rather government on a monthly basis provides subvention to higher institutions in the State taking cognizance of the last convocation ceremony at DELSU where the State government released the sum of N13million to the school for its convocation which is not part of the over N500million that has also been given to DELSU for the accreditation of some courses.
Sinebe further hinted that the Senate building at the main campus of DELSU, Abraka will be completed upon release of funds.