The provost of the College of Education (Technical), Umunze in Orumba South local government area of Anambra State, Dr Tessy Okoli has announced a ban by the management of the institution on cohabitation among students of different sexes on campus.
Okoli, who read what can be considered a riot act to students of the institution during a joint matriculation ceremony of NCE and degree students of the institution on Friday, said the management would not tolerate such behaviour from students.
She said the development, which has become a trend in various institutions of higher learning, would not be tolerated in the institution because it encourages immorality among student and constitutes huge distraction in academic work.
“This college management frowns at the sad development where young ladies live together with male students in off campus residential areas. We must put a stop to cohabitation since it encourages immorality and constitutes distraction to academic work,” the provost said.
She said students, who insist on this will not escape appropriate sanctions, while also calling on parents to consider school hostels for their wards, as they are equipped with surveillance gadgets, and also protected, security-wise, unlike the off campus residences.
“The college has good and spacious hostel accommodation for students. Management recently completed the installation of solar powered street lights on the main campus, to encourage nighttime activities.
“I urge parents to encourage their children to live in school hostels where surveillance and efficient monitoring are routinely carried out to avoid any unwanted incidence,” she added.
Okoli, who is just months old as the provost of the institution, told journalist during an interview session that she has worked for 26 years in the institution and has mastered it, and was ready to work for its growth, to ensure that it competes favourably with known Nigerian institutions of higher learning.
She expressed happiness that through its affiliate institution; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, its admission quota has been increased to meet the high demand of students wishing to study in the college.