The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Prof. Musbau Akanji, on Thursday said 700 students were expelled during the last academic session for poor academic performance.
He added that the university had matriculated 5,141 students for the 2016/2017 academic session.
In a chat with journalists after the 30th matriculation ceremony of the university, Akanji said majority of the students were expelled due to low academic performance as they scored below the 1.5 pass mark.
“At the end of the 2015/2016 academic session, the university expelled about 700 students for various offences; majority of them are due to low academic performance. We have cancelled pass degree and this has raised the bar; most of those expelled could not score above 1.5.”
He said the university had put in place measures to reduce the high rate of failures recorded last year, adding that tutorial teachers from the postgraduate school would be engaged to assist the students.
“We have investigated why we had such a high number of failures and have put structures in place to address such. The university has put in place mechanisms to engage tutorial teachers from the postgraduate school,” Akanji said.
The vice-chancellor urged the newly matriculated students to start working hard and be consistent in their studies, cautioning them not to perform woefully during their first semester because it would be difficult for them to meet up in the second semester.
Addressing the 5,141 matriculating students, Akanji advised against them engaging in financial racketeering, examination malpractice, cultism, fighting, theft, assault and illicit drug dealing adding that the university had put in place a committee against anti-social activities in order to monitor students with anti-social behavioral tendencies.
He then urged them to actively partake in workshops, seminars and academic club engagements to complement the formal classroom activities while stressing that the university will deal decisively on any act of indecent dressing.