In the early hours of Tuesday, 20th of November, the exams and records building of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko (FPO) in Anambra state was razed down by fire destroying vital records, very important documents and a bus belonging to the school.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the fire is believed to have been deliberately started by some students over the recent decision of the institution’s management to abolish the computer based test, (CB)T, and shift back to Pen on Paper Test, (PPT) for the examinations which started recently.
According to the school, the management of the institution had in 2014 switched to the CBT mode for all exams in the school which was to stop the financial exploitation of students by lecturers before, during and after exams.
Premium Times also gathered that when the school announced its intentions to switch to PPT from CBT, posters were seen across the institution warning the management to desist from the move or the school will burn down.
“Lecturers were not happy with the CBT mode as it stopped them from making financial and sexual demands on the students before passing them and that is why they pushed for PPT in our exams which started yesterday, which will favor them,” a student who spoke with Premium Times stated.
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