By Segun Olubayo
Management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday burnt thousands of cell phones worth over N15 million seized from students during examination periods.
The immediate past Deputy Rector of the institution, Bayo Oyeleke (a sculptor), told journalists that the authorities took the action to make the institution’s examinations sacred.
He said some students continued to violate the school regulations by going into the exam hall with their mobile phones.
Burning the phones, he said, was to serve as deterrent to students of the institution who might wish to further indulge in the illegal and inappropriate act.
Also present at the exercise were the Deputy Registrar, Mrs Ayoade, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, Chief Security Officer, Mr. Adebayo, Head of Legal Unit of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Mr. Ige, and President of the Students Union Government, Comrade Akadiri Bayonle, among others.
The PRO, Adewole, confirmed the burning of the phones yesterday.
He said: “We had to take the action to sternly serve as deterrent to other students. We cannot continue to condone indiscipline in our school.
“Telephones all over the world have now become a tool of undermining academic activities, especially examinations.
“In the past, we were punishing any erring student with fine. But we soon realised that they were brazenly paying the fines believing that they could still continue in the illegal and immoral act.
“Some had been expelled in the past, while many had been suspended depending on the gravity of their examination offences.
“We believe that with this unprecedented step taken by the management, examination malpractices through use of mobile phones will be nipped in the bud.
“Over 1,000 mobile telephones seized in the last one year were burnt yesterday. They were seized during examinations in the last one year.
“We have been warning our students not to take phones into examination halls,” said Mr Adewole.
“But, it will not be alright if we return them to the owners because we want to ensure sanctity of our examinations in the school.
“The management decided to burn the mobile telephones, it will be inappropriate if we say that we will return them to the owners. They may fall into wrong hands.
“We have been warning students not to take phones into examination halls. Any student that attempts to cheat using modern technology, like phones, will have the phone seized.
“We want cheating through the use of technology to stop. The exercise was attended by lecturers.
“Students leaders were there and even members of the press council of the institution were also there.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH