18 January 2013

Nigeria: Stop This Extortion From NTI Students in Kubwa

I would like to call the attention of Minister of Education and the Director-General of National Teachers' Institute, Kaduna, and other relevant authorities to call some of those involved in extorting money from innocent students of NTI's Kubwa study centre to order.

I am a witness to this brazen behaviour done by some PhD facilitators in the study centre, 2012 session. Centre officials are not helping matters either; they extort money from students on the flimsiest of excuses. Recently, students were allocated supervisors to various schools of their choice for teaching practice. One of the officials told the assembled students: "NTI did not give us any kobo for this exercise, so our transport money to and fro for coming to your various schools will be paid by you". I find it hard to believe an organized and approved federal government programme that awards postgraduate diploma in education to successful students could not pay its facilitators all what are due to them to make the programme a success. The least amount collected from each teaching practice students was 5,000 naira. Those that could not afford were ignored, their teaching practice forms was left unsigned by the supervisors. That means carry-over awaits them. Some of these students hardly afford transportation fare coming for lectures talk less of sparing such amount for bribe. One facilitator insisted that her students must pay a fixed amount.

As if that is not enough, shortly before our exams, a facilitator was indicted by the FCT coordinator for asking her project students to come to her house for supervision of project work. The state coordinator addressed us students, "On no occasion any supervisor should ask any of you to come to his or her house or private office, all project supervisions are to be done here at the study centre". To my surprise, when the coordinator left, one centre official asked his project student to see him at his private office at a village along Abuja-Gwagwalada expressway at our last examination paper on the 22nd Dec., 2012. The lawmakers have turned to the law-breakers. For project works to be given due attention students are to stuff money in envelops and place them inside their files for proofreading. If you don't have money, your file is abandoned or, worse, carry-over awaits you soon.

These corrupt practices are not only happening in practically all the study centre in the FCT, and probably in other states as well. This improper behaviour If not addressed now, I wonder what these budding teachers would be imparting to our children in schools.

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