The Kwara State University (KWASU) on Monday reacted to a video making rounds on the social media of allegedly withdrawing the certificate of one of its students, Mariam Muhammed, wrongfully.
A statement from KWASU’s acting Director, University Relations, Mrs Hamida Yusuf, said Muhammed was found culpable of result falsification as two of her grades were found to have been tampered with in the school portal.
”Muhammed, with Matriculation Number 12/27AC/302, was admitted to study Accounting in the year 2012.
”In the year 2017, it was discovered that a staff of the university was involved in upgrading of results for some students through a syndicate.
”This prompted an investigation into the case; the affected staff has been dismissed and the decision upheld by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
”After thorough investigation, KWASU’s Disciplinary Committee invited the affected students.
”The aforementioned student was invited, queried and given fair hearing after which the committee carried out thorough investigation on all alleged cases, exploring all avenues.
”Muhammed was found culpable of result falsification as two of her grades were found to have been tampered with.
”It was discovered that there was a discrepancy between the score recorded for her as ‘original score’ and what was on the result sheet collected by the committee,” the statement read in part.
It added that based on the aforementioned, the Senate of the university withdrew the B.Sc. degree in Accounting awarded to Muhammed.
”This is in line with the Oath of Matriculation sworn to by all students, to faithfully observe all rules and regulations which are in force in the university.
”KWASU wishes to assure the public that it remains an institution committed to upholding skills and integrity, and turning out students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and importantly, in character,” the statement said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Muhammad alleged that the university wrongly withdrew her certificate in 2017.
She claimed that she was admitted into the university in 2012 to study Accounting and Finance.
The student said she received a letter from the university some days before her convocation that she hacked into the school portal and altered a grade.
She explained that surprisingly, the grade was altered from ‘C’ to ‘D’.
This action, Muhammed said, was not plausible as she could not have altered the grade to downgrade herself.
She urged Human Right Activists and NGOs to come to her aid in addressing the injustice allegedly meted against her.
She asserted that she was the only child in her family and that was only fortunate to have university education.
All efforts by her lawyer to seek understanding of the institution, she said, yielded no results.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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