By Aplefe Ojong
The Provost, Cross River State College of Education, Awi in Akamkpa, Dr. James Bassey Ejue has said that the greatest problem confronting the Nigerian educational system is the social virus called “sorting” which is now prevalent in institutions of higher learning across the country.
Dr. Ejue who stated this while speaking with some media men in his office, said that “sorting”, which is a kind of examination cheating method that involves students paying money to lecturers to obtain undeserved marks in their academic work, is a cankerworm which has eaten very deep into the fiber of the nation’s educational system at all levels.
He explained that it was this cankerworm that infested the erstwhile Cross River State College of Education before it was merged to establish the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH.
The Provost however reasoned that the solution to the problem of academic decadence in the college was not to merge the school, but to prospect for a competent administrator as Provost to check the college’s dwindling fortunes.
Dr. Ejue disclosed that the scraping of the former COE Akamkpa led to a huge gap in the state middle class man power needs, which Senator Liyel Imoke quickly identified and decided to re establish the Cross River State College of Education, Awi in Akamkpa with Professor Anthony Enoh as the pioneer Provost of the college.
He further explained that the pioneer administration made it clear from day one that it was going to have zero tolerance for ‘sorting’ and other forms of examination malpractices.
Dr. Ejue informed the media men that his own administration has continued with the high level of discipline instituted by Professor Anthony Enoh’s leadership and will build on that tradition to ensure that ‘sorting’ is eliminated from the college.
He said efforts have started yielding some results as many students have been sent out of the school while some were rusticated for examination malpractices. Two lecturers who broke the rules were also said to have been sent packing while one is currently facing a disciplinary committee.
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