Professor Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary, National University Commission, has blamed the admission of academically weak students for the trending sex-for-mark menace ravaging the system.
Speaking in Lagos Tuesday, Okebukola, argued that if universities and other institutions admitted students who were academically sound and had good scores on entry, there would be no room for any lecturer to harass such students, Punch writes.
“If, in the first instance, a student is academically good, what will a lecturer tell her, sex-for-which mark? All those girls who run after those lecturers or can be harassed by lecturers are those who are academically weak.
“Even, if the lecturers do not want to get engaged with them sexually, the girls will offer them their bodies.
“If at the point of admitting our students, we ensure that they have met some respectable score that when you teach them in class, they can understand and do well on their own; then the problem would have been addressed,” he said.
The former NUC boss noted that many of the universities in an attempt to make money from different programmes in various satellite campuses, admit “wishy-washy students” who are desperate to pass.
This comes as several Nigerian universities – including Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Lagos State University, University of Lagos and Covenant University, Ota, Ogun – have had to contend with the problem of sex-for-marks in recent months.
The scandals sparked intense debates on social media and within the academia, with many calling for a clampdown on errant lecturers.