The Management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has suspended the Students’ Union Executives of the institution and postponed the first semester examination intended to commence today, Monday 9th January 2023 as a result of an unwarranted and politically motivated protest embarked upon by the students.
A statement from the Institution signed by the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale disclosed that the examination has been postponed until further notice while the Students’ Union is suspended indefinitely.
Describing the protest as ill motivated and politically inclined, the Management noted that the students’Union body has no formal complaint before the Management concerning the examination slated to commence today and therefore, their protest to the State Secretariat is questionable.
The Management further noted that the students’ Union breached the rule of decency by locking all the gates that lead to the Institution and thereby causing unwarranted hardship to their Colleagues, to the Staff of the Institution, to their host communities, to the neighbouring university of Ibadan, and to the general public at large, most especially those that have official transactions with The Polytechnic Ibadan.
It reads in part: “It is on record that The Polytechnic , Ibadan students pay one of the lowest tuition fees among their contemporaries in the south west. Payment of tuition has been made flexible and convenient as students pay sixty percent of the tuition fee during the first semester and pay the remaining 40 percent during second semester. The Institution has not increased tuition in the last couple of years.
“Protesting on a day that they should be sober and commence their examination which is a major academic activities leading to the award of their diploma is ill advised, politically motivated and therefore of no reasonable value to the students and indeed to the development of education.
“The Management is reviewing the situation and will issue a statement on when the suspended examination will commenced. We appeal to the students to return to class and prepare for their examination. We also appeal to the parents and guardians to call their wards to order.”