UNIJOS Responds to Alleged Erroneous Award of First Class Degrees
The attention of Management of the University of Jos has been drawn to news being circulated especially on the social media that the University has issued wrong classes of Degrees to some Graduates of its Law Programme preparatory to the University’s upcoming Convocation.
According to these reports, the Law Graduates were erroneously awarded First Class Degrees as published on the University’s Graduands Verification portal whereas they actually graduated with lower classes of Degrees.
For the purpose of clarity, Management wishes to state that the Graduands list on the University website is a VERIFICATION PORTAL for Students to check and accept or reject the information contained therein as stated on the URL (address).
The intent of creating such a portal was for the Students to be given the opportunity to preview the provisional list so as to make corrections on any clerical error observed, make suggestions and criticisms for future improvement. As clearly indicated on the instructions and procedure when logging on to the portal, stakeholders are to make inputs as part of the verification process for creating an updated Graduands list and it is not the final or awarding list.
Worthy of note is the fact that this initiative would be the first of its kind in any Nigerian University. Before now, based on the information available to us, no Nigerian University had put up information in the public domain through the web for Graduating Students to check and make their input. This shows transparency on the University’s part and should be encouraged rather than vilified.
Notwithstanding, because this is the University’s maiden deployment of such an interactive portal for its Convocation, some initial hiccups and inadvertent errors are to be expected. Management wishes to assure all stakeholders that since in the course of the current exercise some challenges were observed, lessons are being learned while corrections are being immediately effected on the website. The University will continue to count on the understanding and support of its stakeholders.
Earlier Report: UNIJOS Mistakenly Awards First Class Degrees to About 20 Graduands
Reports coming from the University of Jos (UNIJOS) have it that about 20 graduands from the 2015/2016 academic session of the university precisely from the Faculty of Law, 2015/2016 session have been mistakenly awarded First Class degrees by the management of the university.
The reports revealed that the error was discovered after the management asked the graduands to log on to the convocation ceremony web portal to confirm their details ahead of the convocation ceremony scheduled to hold on June 23rd, 2018. Some of the graduands from the Faculty of Law logged on to the portal only to discover that they have been awarded a higher class of degree.
Many of the affected graduands who commented on the issue stated that they were really suprised to see such an error as every one that graduated in 2015/2016 academic session already know the grade they graduated with and it was only one student named Olusegun Pelumi Adewunmi that emerged with first Class.
Also See: UNIJOS Convocation Ceremony Details
When contacted over the issue, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Clement Dakkas described it as “strange.”
“Matters of this nature are addressed by the Registrar, but my recollection is that you know in the entire history of the university, we have produced only three First Class in Law. The first in 1980, the second in 1990 – and incidentally I was the second in 1990 – and then one young man, I think, a year ago.
“So to have more than one clearly there must be an error somewhere.” He said.
Also, Ishaya Tanko, a professor and the university’s Director of ICT, said he was unaware of the development.
“What I’m going to do is I’m going to report now, I’ll take that up and get the appropriate authorities to confirm.”