The Ibadan Polytechnic Directorate destroyed on Wednesday no less than a thousand mobile phones worth over 15 million Naira (150 million NN).
Latest Nigeria News found that mobile phones were seized by students during several exams held at the institution in the last year. The phones have been seized and subsequently burned to reduce bad examination practices through the use of information and communication technology.
The fire of the articles was supervised by a professor and the former vice rector of the institute, Mr. Bayo Oyeleke.
The others were at the event; Deputy school secretary, Ms. Ayoade, public relations manager, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, Director of Security, the head of the legal unit, Ibadan, attorney Ige Akinsola and the President of the Student Union Government, Akadiri Bayonle.
Oyeleke said in his speech that the school authority generally warned students against the use of mobile phones in exam rooms, but was surprised that some students did not give in to the warning.
He said, “However, some students still go into the exam hall with their mobile phones which is against the rules and regulations of the institution.”
Oyeleke insisted that the action of burning the mobile telephones after they were seized was carried out in order to serve as deterrent to students of the institution who wish to further indulge in the illegal and inappropriate act.
Adewole, on his part, told DAILY POST that the management decided to burn the mobile telephones so that they will not get into wrong hands.
The PRO, while confirming the burning of the mobile telephones to our correspondent on Thursday, said, “Up to 1,000 mobile telephones seized in the last one year were burnt. They were seized during examinations in the last one year.
“But, it will not be alright if we return them to the owners because we want to ensure sanctity of our examinations in the school. The management decided to burn the mobile telephones, it will be inappropriate if we say that we will return them, they may fall into wrong hands.
“We have been warning students not to take phones into examination halls. Any student that attempted to cheat using modern technology like phones will have the phone seized.
“We want cheating through the use of technology to stop. The exercise was attended by lecturers, students leaders were there and even members of the press council of the institution were also there.”