Sex For Grades in Nigerian Institutions

Sex For Grades in Nigerian Institutions

Sex for grades is only a part of many issues bedevilling Nigeria as a nation. Sex for grades and related vices come with power in the country. For instance, lecturers are believed to be more powerful than the students; religious leaders see themselves as more powerful than their flock; employers and employees share the gap

Sex for grades is only a part of many issues bedevilling Nigeria as a nation. Sex for grades and related vices come with power in the country. For instance, lecturers are believed to be more powerful than the students; religious leaders see themselves as more powerful than their flock; employers and employees share the gap of the powerful and the powerless; government agents are more powerful than the citizens. Generally, there is an uneven sharing of power which positions some as vulnerable and some, the hegemons.
The latest revelation involving a lecturer of the University of Lagos, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, is just 0.1 of millions of the determination to societal decadence. It should be noted that the reason why Igbeneghu and many lecturers are headlong in the act is because those who are supposed to punish such acts are also actors; therefore, they get a soft landing even if exposed or reported. If not, ask the University of Lagos if this is the first time the authority is getting to know about such happenings.
According to university laws, for a lecturer to date a female student, he must make it known to the authorities and must not do this when there is a conflict of interest with the school. But today, ask many students, undergraduates and graduates, and they’ll have one or two conflicting stories to tell.
Some lecturers have more interest in becoming professors in ‘body parts assessment’ than pursuing the betterment of their students to the extent that dressing weirdly hardly solves the matter. All they are concerned is about the ‘mansion’ within the laps and nothing more. The case of a lecturer who would not mind sleeping with a pregnant woman might even have been heard.
Perhaps, we are at liberty to blame some students for having the mission of exploding the campus with their provocative dressing, however, we cannot exonerate the lecturers for they are believed to be extended guardians who are in a position to correct the regrettable exuberance in the students, if any.
No doubt, family and social flaws and failures are at a high rate. These days, the failure is seen in many young ladies who see the African culture as unwarranted. To them, dressing decently is archaic and they need to stay ‘modern’. This and many more are also the failure of our citadels of learning because discipline is part of the affairs they should take care of.
From the days of yore, lecturers have been seen as the main ambassadors of the schools but a majority of them make students’ experiences so unpalatable that they hardly wish to pay a visit after graduating.
Imagine a lecturer taking his class with expired class notes used during his own school days and still has the audacity to fail students because they do not write it the same way he wrote it. This style of marking is nothing but a degradation of intelligent approach to teaching. The question is, how will you expect a student to pour it the way they receive knowledge? Such a lecturer could look you in the eyes and vow that you will not graduate at the slightest reason which can benefit his urge for ego or sexual healing. He says so with impunity that hardly will he be restrained.
Thousands of ills are bedevilling our society, institutions of learning inclusive. In dealing with the latest and perpetual menace, which is sex for grades, hardly will any department escape the punishment and wrath of holistic measures to overhaul our educational institutions. Unfortunately, those who are to do this may be reluctant to cast the first stone.
We have heard people say the girls wear provocatively-tempting dresses and thus issues surrounding dresses should be addressed leaving out sexuality because they are mature. Yet, the same people will leave Nigeria to lecture abroad where students show much more skin and they will not sexually harass anyone. This is to say the system there does not give them the power of perpetration without consequences.
On the pedestal of getting justice, the victims may think of approaching the higher ranks such as the Head of the Department but the assurance that you are not reporting to a senior predator is slim. Approaching the faculty dean with the view to reporting the case may be a suicide mission, too.
One may go further to prove radicalism but the VC you think you are reporting the case to may be the sex pinnacle!
Perhaps, the police are your friends; but the possibility that the one you are approaching has lost control over his sexual psychology is high
Meanwhile, it is not really understandable why certificate is so compulsory that people think it is either you have it or you die looking for one. For them, certificate is more important than education. The orientation about this positions a third class graduate as inferior to a first class graduate. The fact about it is as good as there is no logic in there.
Muritala Omikunle, Ipokia, Ogun State

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