By Saleh Faruq Gagarawa
The management of Al Qalam university, Katsina has suspended the compilation of results of final year computer science students’ over alleged disobedience to school rule.
The students were alleged of carrying out “signing out” activity which was claimed to have earlier been banned by the school.
Narrating this ordeal to DPH NEWS, one of the affected students who pleaded anonymity for the fear that the school might further delay his results said the school suspended the compilation of their results upon informing the school of the activity.
“On the 7th of October, 2019 we delivered a letter to the Dean Students’ Affairs concerning all the activities we planned for our graduation which are dated 11th, 14th and 16th of October 2019 which he (the Dean) said if there was anything, he will contact us through HOD, and we were with HOD a day to and on the day (11th) which he said nothing was passed to him at all.
“The students embarked on the first event which was the sign out after the exam, which happens to be the tradition of all final year students nation wide.
“I was in the exam Hall, wasn’t done with my exam, but the Dean asked me to leave the exam Hall and come which my paper was submitted before coming back automatically.
“The Dean told the students to leave the school and they did. But he followed them out again.
He added that students can’t be under the control of the university when outside the school.
“When they are out of the premises, they can’t be under his control again.”
When contacted by DPH NEWS, the former Head of Computer Science Department of the school, Shamsu Shehu Galdanci confirmed the suspension of the compilation of the students’ results until the investigation committee concludes its investigation.
“The university decided to suspend the compilation of their results until after the investigation committee concluded the process.”
When asked if the suspension won’t cause delay in the mobilisation of the students for NYSC, Galadanci said “It will.”
Galdanci who resigned as the HOD due to his dissatisfaction towards the decision of the school added when asked how the university will make up with the delay if the students were eventually found innocent of the allegation.
“That’s even my question because I don’t know. I am even part of those that are not pleased with what is happening because to me, they (the students) did not do anything wrong because there was no formal letter issued for them not to carry out the activity and they won’t know if it is an offence or whatever. When you don’t give someone a guideline, you don’t have evidence to catch him,” he said.”