The authorities of the Kwara State Polytechnic (KWARAPOLY) has denied claims circulated by some persons that the institution is extorting students and collecting illegal fees from them.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of KWARAPOLY, Halimat Garba, described the claims as malicious.
“The Management wishes to state categorically that the Polytechnic neither extort nor collect illegal fees from its students,” it read.
“Please, note that collection of transcript is a normal practice in any higher institution of learning. In fact, it is in line with the international best practices. Graduates are expected to have a document (academic transcript) containing the details of their academic performance while in school and this can be needed by them for several purposes, at any point in time.
Thus, payment for transcript which was tagged “mischievous and extortion” in the post is the handiwork of the enemies of the institution that want to soil the good image of the Rector and drag it in the mud.”
The statement also clarified that it had made submission and defense of projects online to make things easier and protect students from abuse.
It enjoined the public to verify messages relating to the institution before circulating it.
“Also, writing, defending and submission of project is one of the requirements for the award of both ND and HND in every Polytechnic across the country. The Management is only making the task easier by asking students to do it online and minimize physical interaction between them and their supervisors, which had hitherto being abused by some corrupt supervisors,” Garba wrote.
“Please, note that we are in the 21st century where everything is being digitalized. Thus, our students must also be inclined with what is obtainable across the globe to be able to compete favourably with their counterparts.
“The Rector and his team are working round the clock to achieve the aims and objectives of the Polytechnic’s founding fathers and to restore its lost glory.
“Therefore, the Polytechnic Management wishes to call on members of the public to always verify the authenticity of anything tagged with the Polytechnic name before circulating same.”