Calabar Study Centre holds orientation exercise for freshmen

By Joel Nkanta
Calabar sc

The management of Calabar Study Centre, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Calabar, Cross River State, on Friday, organised an orientation programme for the newly admitted students of the centre.

In her opening remarks, the centre director, Prof. Onyeka Iwuchukwu, explained the mode of studies in NOUN to the students.

She told them that the management of the university has zero tolerance for examination malpractice, in whatever form it may come, and admonished them to work hard to achieve good results and to eschew the tradition of cutting corners for fake results.

Iwuchukwu also emphasised the need for punctuality during examination, adding that students must be at the examination venue at least 30 minutes before commencement of any exam.

The centre director concluded her address by welcoming the freshmen "to the biggest university in West Africa."

Students were also briefed on the registration procedures, collection of course materials, how to access the GST portal, change of centre and programmes, as well as sundry activities at the university.

The new students were also given an opportunity to ask questions on any area they needed further explanations.

The students embarked on a facility tour of the centre at the end of the ceremony.

On a related development, the centre also organised an interactive forum for its students on the day preceding the orientation exercise.

The centre director, Prof. Onyeka Iwuchukwu, explained that the forum was an avenue for management of the centre to rub minds with students in order to mitigate the challenges confronting students.

Salient issues that were discussed at the forum included missing results, TMAs, negative balances on students' e-Wallets, as well as unexpected addition of courses to student portals.

Others were non-availability of course materials and new format for GST302 presentation.

 Iwuchukwu advised students to always do their TMAs themselves and to resist the temptation of contracting the exercise to outsiders.