ERC Demands Immediate Release of Results and Certificates
The travail of graduates of the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) has come to the attention of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC). The graduates who applied for a degree program of the Institution which is affiliated to the Ekiti State University (EKSU) have not received their statements of their result and certificates four years after completing all academic activities.
Since 2006 when the degree program started, four sets have passed out without results and certificates. The current set of students offering the degree program may also face the same fate if something is not hurriedly done.
The ERC strongly condemns the authorities of the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) and the sister institution, Ekiti State University (EKSU), for the non-release of results and certificates to these affected graduates.
The delay in the release of their results and certificates has caused irreparable damage to the career and lives of these individuals. Many have had to make do with menial jobs in order to survive since it is impossible to get proper employment without tendering a certificate.
Results and certificates are evidential requirement certifying the conclusion of academic programs. As such they are fundamental rights of every students who have completed their academic activities within the stipulated period of time. Not releasing results and certificates to students after conclusion of academic activities, especially in the absence of a legitimate reason to do so like examination malpractice or non-payment of fees, is not only unlawful and a breach of the provisions of regulatory bodies, it is also a contravention of the fundamental rights of the students.
The ERC therefore calls on the authorities of MOCPED and EKSU o immediately release the results and certificates of all the affected graduates and also ensure the prompt and regular compilation of the results of all students currently offering the degree program such that their results can be immediately processed once they have completed all academic requirements for graduation.
Hassan Taiwo Soweto Michael Ogundele
National Coordinator National Secretary