- Former NUC secretary, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has reacted to incessant female harassment in Nigerian higher institutions of learning
- He said that the admission of academically weak students by the higher institutions should be blamed on the harassment
- Okebukola said that there would be no room for any lecturer to harass academically sound students
Former executive secretary of National University Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, on Tuesday, October 16, said the admission of academically weak students by Nigeria higher institutions was responsible for the trending sex-for-mark menace in the system.
The Punch reports that Okebukola, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, said that if universities and other institutions admitted students who were academically sound and had good scores on entry, there would be no room for any lecturer to harass such students.
Legit.ng gathered that he said that the students run after the lecturers or can be harassed by lecturers are those who are academically weak.
He said: “If, in the first instance, a student is academically good, what will a lecturer tell her, se.x-for-which mark? All those girls who run after those lecturers or can be harassed by lecturers are those who are academically weak.
“Even, if the lecturers do not want to get engaged with them se.xually, the girls will offer them their bodies.
“If at the point of admitting our students, we ensure that they have met some respectable score that when you teach them in class, they can understand and do well on their own; then the problem would have been addressed,” he said.
The former NUC boss noted that many of the universities in an attempt to make money from different programmes in various satellite campuses, admit “wishy-washy students” who are desperate to pass.
NAN reports that Nigerian universities that recently had cases of se.xual harassment include Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Lagos State University, University of Lagos and Covenant University, Ota, Ogun. (NAN)
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos State University (LASU) on Tuesday, October 9, confirmed the dismissal of three of its academic staff for sexual harassment and misconduct.
The university’s spokesman, Ademola Adekoya, said the institution’s governing council took the decision at its 119th statutory meeting on Thursday, October 4, as recommended by the joint council and Senate (Academic) disciplinary committee.
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