University asks first-class students to take ‘qualifying test’ to prove they merit it

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Graduating students at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, River State who were recently awarded first class honours are to be subjected to a test to prove they truly merit their grades.

Already, some of them have kicked against the decision of the school.

The decision of the institution is to all 2021 graduating students with cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.5 and above.

It said this was due to concerns that some of the students might not have indeed merited the first class honours.

Some of the affected students, who faulted the school’s decision, spoke during a show on Nigeria Info 92.3 FM in Port Harcourt. The programme was monitored over the weekend.

A female graduate said, “My department published our names two days ago (Wednesday). If I had travelled out of the state or even out of the country, how would I have returned to take the test?”

Another graduating student asked, “How are we going to defend a result in 30 minutes or so for grades that were accumulated over the years?

“Why don’t they verify those that are in second class who are supposed to come down (sic) to third class?”

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Another student asked, “Are we going to study around 80 courses again because we want to take a test. The problem is that they didn’t narrow it down for us.”

One of the students who had taken the test said it was a 45-minute test with questions centred around quantitative reasoning.

“How could one test be used to judge a four-year effort,” she asked.

Another said, “I studied courses from year one, but what I saw in the test was not what I was expecting. My heart is bleeding.”

However, the spokesperson for the university, Ngozi Okiridu, said the qualifying test followed several complaints by the National Youths Service Corps that first class graduates from the institution performed poorly during the compulsory one-year programme.

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