Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze has matriculated no fewer than five hundred and sixty-two students admitted into the degree and NCE programmes of the institution.
The event held at the convocation arena, permanent site of the College on Friday.
Addressing the newly admitted students, the Provost of the institution, Dr Tessy Okoli, said her long term goal in the College, which was to make the institution a centre of excellence remains sacrosanct. She promised that her Management team would continue to provide the required facilities and environment for excellence to thrive.
She congratulated the students on their successful admission into the College which was rated the best Federal College of Education in 2019 by SERVICOM. According to her, the College pays serious attention to students attendance to lectures.
“Students must have 75 per cent attendance to lectures to qualify to write the course examination. I believe you have copied the First Semester exam timetable. There will be no disruption of this exam timetable. Students are advised to follow the timetable and be at the examination hall on time. Students who play truancy during lectures or absent themselves from exam should prepare to fail,” she warned.
Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Charles Esimone, said the matriculation ceremony marked the formal admittance of the new students into the degree programme of the University domiciled in FCET Umunze. He explained that the degree programme domiciled at FCET Umunze meets the high academic standard in curricula and other requirements of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
“For your stay in the Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze to successfully end with the acquisition of a degree of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, you owe certain obligations to the College, your parents and yourselves,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof Frederick Odibo, summarised these obligations to include the payment of fees, attendance to lectures, academic honesty, and avoidance of cultism.
He explained that the quality of a university’s teaching-learning process lies on the performance of its graduands in the work place. He further argued that the quality of output the students would come out with would depend on how seriously they take their studies.
Ikengaonline reports that the College management earlier refuted fake report of three-weeks warning strike by the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).
Some online reports had quoted the Chairman, COEASU, FCET Umunze, Dr Churchill Okonkwo, of asking parents to withdraw their children from the College because the lecturers in the institution had commenced 21 days warning strike.