Senate body of the University of Calabar, UNICAL has retired a professor for alleged plagiarism and expelled 33 students for examination malpractice.
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Zana Akpagu, made this known during a briefing, stating that the development was in line with his mission to rid the school of indiscipline and restore its academic glory. He reiterated management’s stance against corruption, saying:
“The affected students and staff are shown the way out to restore discipline and integrity.”
While describing UNICAL as the only school offering a course on anti-corruption, the VC noted that the course was introduced in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practice and other Allied Matters Commission (ICPC) to inculcate good values in students.
Also, the Pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, said the council supported the anti-corruption crusade of the VC, noting that it was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s anti-graft policy.
Iwuanyanwu who stressed that the university did not want its name associated with corruption, urged professors and intellectuals to sit down and formulate strategies to curb academic corruption. He said a platform to stop abuse of students by lecturers, and discourage sorting and bribery by academic staff must be created.
The Pro-Chancellor encouraged the university staff and students to report corrupt practices wherever noticed, as this would help the management to drive its policy of making the school the best in Africa.
The University which last month held its 29th convocation ceremony, in a bid to encourage hard work and inspire other students, offered automatic employment to its 12 first class graduates.
The 29th convocation ceremony recorded a total of 7,222 graduating students made up of 4,868 first degree holders, 952 higher degrees and 1,402 diplomas. Of which 12 in different disciplines bagged first class, while 1,026 had second class upper degrees.