Rescheduled NCEE: Parents Blame Insecurity and Moral Decay

The Acting Vice-Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Professor Okechuku Onuchuku has instructed the institution’s newly admitted students to ensure that they focus on the reason for which they have been deemed fit to be part of the university community, and nothing else.
Giving the charge last Saturday at the university’s 13th matriculation ceremony, Onuchuku said that beyond focusing on their studies and avoiding all vices, students should know that admission is not is just the start of their journey into the institution of higher learning.
“You must shun all those useless habits that destroyed some of your predecessors, who abandoned their studies to follow the lights of the city, which inevitably led them to perdition and regret.
“You should avoid worship, malpractice in exams, drug addiction, indecent dress, prostitution and unnecessary trips that take you away from the classroom, among other vices,” he said.
The VC also instructed new students to obey the rules and regulations in force which govern the conditions of their admission at all times, noting that defaulters will be duly dealt with.
While congratulating the students on their admission, he advised them not to get carried away by the euphoria there, saying this is just the start for them on the path to a better life.
“While today should rightly bring you tremendous pride and a sense of personal fulfillment in your quest to acquire a college degree, I hasten to advise you not to be pretentious in any way.
“Today’s registration ceremony should rather serve as a platform for you to set achievable goals, and not as an excuse to stop you from working hard, because of the resounding success you have achieved by entering the university.
“Remember, this is just the beginning, and your parents will no longer be there to guide your steps,” he advised.
While thanking the Governor of the State, NyesomWike, for the deliberate attention given to the development of education at the facility, and others in the State, the VC also called on parents and guardians not to not stop supporting their children and wards throughout their stay in the institution.
“It is important that you continue to support them by promptly paying all approved fees that would enable the university management to give students the best education available here.
“You must also support them in your prayers. Furthermore, parents are advised to closely monitor the academic and social activities of their wards to ensure they are on the right track at all times,” he urged.
Meanwhile, the university admitted a total of 6,058 new students out of 14,207 who applied for admission for the 2022 Unified Higher Education Examination (UTME).
This, the VC said, is not just an increase in enrollment for prospective students, but also “a vote of confidence in the quality of education we provide to them.
A breakdown of the number of admissions shows that among the seven faculties of the university, the “Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences” recorded the highest number of admissions with 1,841 admissions.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu & Sogbeba Dokubo

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