At least 366 students of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, were expelled by the management of the institution for poor performance in their academic studies.
RSUST Vice Chancellor, Professor Barineme Fakae, who made this announcement on Wednesday at the 33rd Matriculation ceremony of the university, explained that the affected students could not meet the minimum standard required by the institution.
He pointed out that the expelled students could not make the Cumulative Grade Point Average of 1.00 and were withdrawn from the university at the end of the 2013/2014 session.
Fakae also disclosed that for the 2013/2014 academic session, eight best performing students of the university from seven different faculties were rewarded with one laptop computer each, adding that the move was aimed at encouraging healthy competition in academics among students.
Explaining that the institution will reward best performing students of the university every year, the vice chancellor stated that 12,904 applicants, who scored above the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination cut-off mark of 180 percent, applied to study in RSUST.
According to him, only 3, 322 (25.74 percent) out of the number were admitted based on merit and the National Universities Commission approved carrying capacity.
He appealed to students to acquaint themselves with the Code of Conduct of the school, maintaining that everything about their (students) behavior has been spelt out in the Students’ Handbook provided by the institution.
“I have to reiterate that in RSUST today, you must be good to come in, good to stay in and good to graduate. It is sad to announce that 366 students out of a total population of 14,948 that registered last session, who could not make the mandatory Cumulative Grade Point Avergae (CGPA) of 1.00 were withdrawn from the university at the end of last session (2013/2014) due to academic failure.
“As you know, the commonly known academic vice called ‘sorting’ no longer has a home in Rivers State University of Science and Technology due to our strict adherence to the academic rules and our electronic process,” Fakae added.
Admonishing fresh students to take their studies seriously, the vice chancellor warned them to shun cultism, examination malpractices and other vices that could cut short their academic pursuits in the institution.
He noted that out of the 3,322 new intakes, 206 were admitted into the Faculty of Agriculture while 1,408 came into Engineering.
“Environmental Sciences has 178 intakes while Law got 263 fresh students. Management Sciences (687), Science (555), while 385 students were admitted into the faculty of Technical and Science Education,” Fakae added.
He pointed out that RSUST was implementing its Information and Communication Technology online policies so as to meet up with the global standards and added that the university had adopted a slogan known as, ‘Learn computer by the use of computer.’