Management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has suspended the activities of the Students’ Union Government of the institution, following a protest demonstration in the institution earlier today.
The protest which haunts the beginning of the first semester examination in the institution was however described as “politically motivated” by the institution.
The great citadel of learning in a press release signed by the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale and made available to newsmen by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Alh. Soladoye Adewole has however postponed the examination till further notice.
The statement read: “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.
“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 Students’ Union breached the rule of decency by locking all the gates that lead to the institution and thereby caused unwarranted hardship to their colleagues, to the staff of the institution, to the host communities, to the neighbouring university of Ibadan, and to the general public at large, most especially those who have official transactions with The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
“It is on record that The Polytechnic, Ibadan students pay one of the lowest tuition fees among their contemporaries in the southwest. Payment of tuition has been made flexible and convenient as students pay sixty percent of the tution 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 activity 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 commence.
“We appeal to the students to return to class and prepare for their examination. We also appeal to parents and guardians to call their wards to order”, the statement added.