In its bid to put an end to examination malpractices, the Management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan on Thursday said no fewer than one thousand mobile telephones worth over fifteen million naira (N15 million) were set ablaze.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, while confirming the development to newsmen in Ibadan said the mobile phones were seized from students during various examinations conducted in the institution.
They were subsequently burnt on Wednesday in order to reduce examination malpractices through the use of information and communication technology.
According to information, the burning of the items were supervised by a senior lecturer and the immediate past Deputy Rector of the Institution, Bayo Oyeleke.
Others at the event were; Deputy Registrar of the school, Mrs Ayoade, the Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, Chief Security Officer, Head of Legal Unit, Ibadan, Barrister Ige Akinsola and President of the Student Union Government, Akadiri Bayonle.
According to Oyeleke, the exercise was to discourage student from various exam malpractices, adding that the school authority usually warned students against taking mobile telephones to examination halls, but it was surprised that some students did not yield to the warning.
He said, “However, some students still go into the exam hall with their mobile phones which is against the rules and regulations of the institution.”
Oyeleke insisted that the action of burning the mobile telephones after they were seized was carried out in order to serve as deterrent to students of the institution who wish to further indulge in the illegal and inappropriate act.
The PRO, said, “Up to 1,000 mobile telephones seized in the last one year were burnt. They were seized during examinations in the last one year.
“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, they may fall into wrong hands.
“We have been warning students not to take phones into examination halls. Any student that attempted 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.”
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