Several students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti yesterday petitioned the authorities of the institution over the long delay in the approval of their final results by the university senate.
In Akure, the Ondo State capital, came a report that the state government has released the results of the Junior Secondary School (JSS) examination conducted in July this year for students in both public and private schools in the state.
The students, who ran part-time programmes and wrote the May/June 2010 and May/June 2011, which was their final examinations, expressed regret that the delay had stalled their progresses in no small measure, since they could not seek employment either in the private or public sector.
They appealed to the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Dipo Aina, to fast-track measure for expeditious release of their certificates.
The petitioners were graduates of the departments of Business Administration, Accounting and Banking and Finance.
In the petition dated September 12, 2012 and addressed to the institution's Vice-Chancellor, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, slammed the Senate of the institution, whom they alleged of delaying the approval of their results going by available information at their disposal.
But reacting to the allegation, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Olubunmi Ajibade, debunked the allegation, claiming that the institution had approved the results of the Part-time students up to 2011, including the backlog of 2006 and 2007 graduating sets.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Ajibade said: "The University is not defaulting in the approval of results now. The Senate had approved the results of three sets of graduands up to 2011 before the last convocation and whoever that is not having his result now must be a fake student or have problems with his academics."
"Each time we go to the department, we were always being referred to Directorate of Part-Time Programme, getting there, there is no other news than to tell us that the Senate has not approved our results or will approve soon and this has brought confusions into our careers".
Meanwhile, the release of the results was announced by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Remi Olatubora, who disclosed that 50,090 students from both the public and private secondary schools sat for the examination.
Olatubora said the breakdown of the result indicated that 45,865 or 91.5 per cent of the candidates passed English Language, while 43,854 or 87.5 per cent passed Mathematics, which were compulsory subjects for all the students.
Olatubora further revealed that 3, 331 or 6.6 per cent of the candidates failed the examination and would be asked to repeat the JSS 3, while the results of the 5.8 per cent of the candidates were incomplete.