AUTHORITIES at Queen's College, Yaba, Lagos, have expelled 30 students for allegedly gaining admission into the school through fraudulent means.
The names of the expelled students, who are mostly in their first and second years (JS1 and II), were last week posted on notice boards in the school, while the Principal, Mrs. Omolara Euler-Ajayi, has also formally communicated the decision to their parents and guardians.
A letter, dated August 8, 2002, signed personally by Euler-Ajayi and addressed to the parents of one of the affected students reads:
"Your daughter came into Queen's College fraudulently with a false name.
"Her other admission documents, which include, NCE (National Common Entrance) registration slip, birth certificate, NCE computer print-out, evidence of state of origin and testimonial were all forged.
"The actual owner of the name, your daughter has assumed is already registered in the school and is thus the bonafide student of the school.
"For this reason, your daughter is not a bonafide student of Queen's College. She is therefore to withdraw from the school with immediate effect."
However, several of the parents, who alleged that their wards' expulsion contravened a directive by Education Minister, Prof. Babalola Borishade, are protesting the action of the school authorities.
Due to the intense racketeering and widespread irregularities within the ministry of education, and among some staff in many of the colleges, there were two admission processes for pupils into the federal unity colleges for the 2001/2002 academic year.
Some pupils had been issued admission letters and registered at the unity schools, when fresh admission letters were rolled out by the ministry of education, and the first set of letter cancelled. However, the old admission letters were still sold to some pupils who used them to secure entry and registration into the unity schools.
Early this year, Prof. Borishade, who ordered a probe into the admission scam, had directed that pupils admitted through the flawed process and who had already spent some terms before the discovery, be left to proceed with their studies. He had predicated his decision on the ground that the ministry could not expel the pupils when they had already spent one and half terms and paid the stipulated fees.
Borishade had, however, warned that any pupils fraudulently admitted in future would not only be expelled at whatever level, but parents who have acted as accomplices would also be dealt with.
However, some of the parents of the affected students in Queen's College said their wards have not been involved in any admission irregularities as there has been no fresh exercise. Besides, they alleged that some of the children are already in JS II classes.
Euler-Ajayi, last Friday in an address during an International Cultural Show held as part of activities to commemorate the school's 75th anniversary, confirmed the expulsions.
"Everybody wants to identify with QC through all possible means, even at all risks including forgery and fraud," She declared. " However, such bad eggs have met their waterloo as they have been flushed out irrevocably."
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