By Grace Yussuf, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
For centuries, sex has been used as a tool to influence outcomes, decisions, or gain unfair favor or advantage over others in ups and downs.
Both men and women can use sex for bait, to get what they want, or to gain personal fame.
They can get away with it, depending on the value of the company.
Sex was used in the Bible by Delilah to seduce Samson in order to reveal the secret of his strength, while King David was drawn to the beauty of Bathsheba and he did the unthinkable.
However, at higher education institutions in Nigeria, the phenomenon of grade sex has been around for decades as part of the “usual” on campus.
But in recent years, the threat has taken on an alarming dimension and has tarnished the country’s image within the international community.
The popular case at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) exposed the heinous acts taking place in the country’s higher institutions and perpetrated by excited lecturers.
Speaker Richard Akindele, who was at the center of the first major scandal, served a two-year prison sentence for sexual harassment of a student, Monica Osagie.
The case has opened a pandora’s box of the threat plaguing the country’s higher institutions.
However, stakeholders denounced the threat and stressed that higher education institutions should under no circumstances tolerate sex for grades,
They also said that it contributed significantly to the decline in the level of education in the country.
Agribusiness consultant Dr Olaitan Alloh said school officials must show zero tolerance for the “sex versus brands” relationship.
He suggested that students entering school should also understand that they should face their studies rather than looking for easy ways to pass their exams.
“Remember that many students come to universities from mainstream society. Many of them have been exposed to believe that sex, in whatever form, is a normal way of life and a tool for moving forward in life.
“Women think it is compensation to be offered, while men think it is compensation to be received,” he said.
According to him, this threat is generally part of the fallout from decadence in our society in general.
Alloh stressed the need to amplify the consequences of the violation and to punish any professor who insists on the use of sex for grades.
“There should be a way to monitor teacher-student relations.
“Violations must be well and severely punished when they are established and counseling for pupils is very important, especially when entering school.
“We need a new direction so that people think correctly and are righteous in all arrangements. We must all be involved in tackling the threat with sincerity, ” Alloh said.
Some educators have put the blame on weak students, who always pounce on teachers in hopes of passing their exams.
For others, it is the lecturers who should be blamed as they are said to be disciplined and endowed with high moral ethics.
Professor Peter Okebukola, former executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, recently sparked controversy by claiming that academically weak students are to blame for incidents of sex for grades at Nigerian universities.
However, some experts have criticized Okebukola’s claim, saying that professors should not take advantage of weak students and engage in unethical and immoral conduct.
Dr Kabiru Danladi, Department of Mass Communication at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, said the threat of sex to school level “is no different from degradation. general societal policy that we see everywhere ”.
According to him, over the years, the recruitment process in universities and other higher education institutions has been bastard and all kinds of people are employed and instructed in higher education institutions.
“This is the root of the problem. So you have people who have nothing to do with teaching in higher institutions and who are employed to teach; people who are morally weak and professionally poor and the result is what we see today. ”
Danladi agreed that academically weak students were susceptible to sexual harassment.
“Notice, I didn’t say they attract speakers, but they’re vulnerable. They opt for free points, promising to “do whatever it takes” to have their deferrals erased.
“Anyone who does this is putting themselves in a very disadvantaged position.
“I am aware of the problem; in fact, I have been shocked by the media reports recently about what is going on, especially with regard to the relationship between professors and their students.
“The issue of that gender for grade you only read in social media or mainstream media. University authorities cannot act on the basis of hearsay or complaints, unless a formal complaint is filed.
“Those affected should have the courage to file a complaint with evidence,” Danladi said.
Despite the punishments given to perpetrators of sex for the notes, the threat has continued to increase, an indication that sufficient measures are not in place to curb it.
Mr. Louis Eriomala, former acting executive secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO), recalled that higher institutions were not doing enough to tackle the problem.
“No, they’re not doing enough. They can and should do more than they do.
“And it’s a question of demand and supply. The excited lecturer and the willing lazy student; both are guilty.
“However, there are situations where the lazy student attracts a reluctant lecturer.
“There are also cases where an excited lecturer lures a lazy student against her will. In these cases, the person making the offer is guilty, ” he said.
Eriomala said the problem of sex for grades can be blamed on horny lecturers and lazy college girls, both willing to trade sex for grades.
According to him, this has become common because Nigeria places more emphasis on certificates than what you know!
“When employment is based on individual abilities, all of this will stop! “
He agrees that weak female students attract professors because they are academically weak, asserting that “this is true in some cases, but there are cases where professors demand sex directly or indirectly from students like condition for success “.
The International Federation of Women Lawyers, Kaduna State branch, for its part, urged women victims of sexual abuse in higher education institutions to speak out in order to put an end to the ugly trend.
The association said it would give legal cover to the victims and ensure that teachers who sexually exploit and molest students are prosecuted.
“It is time for the victims to appoint these speakers and others in the system,” said Ms. Zainab Atoba, President of IFAD in the state.
“Our call is on all students who have this kind of problem to speak up. If they do not speak up, we will not be able to find out what is going on so that we can intervene even on their behalf.
“As IFAD, our primary responsibility is the protection, preservation and promotion of the rights of women and children when there is a problem of sexual harassment.
“If it is not brought to our attention, we will not know it, to allow us to come out and perform our function,” Atoba said.
According to Atoba, the issue of gender for grades in higher education institutions is very worrying and has been going on for a long time.
“We are fiercely opposed to this kind of problem that occurs in all higher institutions.
“Even in high schools, we have cases of teachers trying to sexually abuse students, sleeping with them in order to pass their exams.
“This has been happening for a very long time, we are happy that the students are now coming out to mention it for everyone to hear.
“Before, students are afraid to express what is happening to them. We have the case of a professor who is currently in prison for the rape of a student in his office.
Are there any solutions in sight to minimize the threat that has become a surveyor in the ivory tower of the country?
Bringing up sex for grades, according to Alloh, is difficult due to human nature, but the first thing to do is to strengthen disciplinary institutions in our universities, where students and faculty will feel protected.
“In addition, the recruitment process must be reviewed to employ competent people with high moral integrity. This will encourage professional conduct in the performance of their duties, ”Alloh said.
For Danladi, he says the ABU does not tolerate indiscipline of any kind.
“And the university has put in place a system from departmental level to central administration to resolve malpractice issues.
“Anyone accused of misconduct will definitely face a discipline committee and if found guilty, appropriate disciplinary action is taken against them.
Stakeholders suggest that to effectively tackle the scourge, a strong monitoring team should be set up in higher education institutions across the country for continuous monitoring of student and faculty activities.
They also said that the very close faculty / student relationship should be discouraged to reduce the threat of gender for grade cases at higher education institutions in Nigeria. (NANFeatures)
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