The rector of the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, Dr Philipa Idogho, has attributed the near eradication of cultism in the school in the last three years to the continuous productive engagement of its students.

In an interview with journalists, Dr Idogho said: “Students want to learn and that is why we are exploiting that avenue. We keep them busy with academic and entrepreneurial activities, leadership training and all of that; that is why we have experienced this phenomenal reduction on the issues of cultism in this school.

Mrs Idogho, who answered questions on a variety of issues, appealed to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to increase the carrying capacity of the institution so it can admit more students.

“Every year, we see up to 24,000 students coming to do the post-UTME screening but many of them are not admitted because of our carrying capacity. That is why we are building more facilities. We are asking the NBTE to give us additional carrying capacity to enable us to admit more students into the school,” she said.

Besides, she said the school has established a Centre for Flexible Skills that would enable primary school leaving certificate holders and its equivalents to develop themselves in their pace through the use of radio, face-to-face learning and lecture notes.

She said the programme was important because the students would graduate from one level to another based on their ability to comprehend what they are taught.


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