There was a mild and tacit uproar in the air during the induction/oath-taking ceremony of Medical Laboratory Science graduates which held Friday August 14th, 2020 in the main auditorium of the Niger Delta University.

Murmuring started when the event got to the award stage where a graduate with a lower CGPA in Chemical Pathology was announced as the best graduating student in that programme. The hall immediately looked soured and uncomfortable as many graduates and lecturers who knew the graduates believed that the bearer was not supposed to be the best graduating student.

We later approached many of the graduates who directed us to the supposed best graduating student. The graduate (name withheld) stated that she was privy to both her result and that of the supposed graduating student. That while her CGPA is 4.33, that of the supposed best graduating student is 4.27 – a difference of 0.06 point.

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Efforts have since been made to reach several lecturers and key Faculty members in the Department to see that the issue is resolved.

Efforts was made to reach the Head of Department (HOD) who claimed ignorance of the whole process but also assured that he will see to it that the records are reassessed with all relevant offices beseech to ensure that the award is given to whom it is due.

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External stakeholders who got wind of the act has accused the Department of gross error as this would only happen under a planned attempt to undermine the best graduating student and award their cronies. Plans are also on ground to beseech the exalted office of the Vice Chancellor on Monday as many believed that the 5-star VC will not sleep unless those responsible for this act address it immediately.

This is not the first time Capital error occur under Faculty members in academic administration. Many other educators across the length and breadth of the country had often been accused ill practices, failing a student as a result personal grudges, etc – an act that made many administrators to introduce CBT exams and conference marking scheme.

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It is believed that the issue will be addressed as the Niger Delta University is blessed with seasoned administrators who will in no circumstance allow such issue to be swept into the carpet.







A cross section of awardees from various fields




A cross section of awardees from various fields

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