The aspiration of many students in tertiary institution is to graduate with good certificates as the labour market becomes more competitive. These students, in a bid to maintain academic excellence work tirelessly to achieve this holy desire.
Many students have become so familiar with the library that their friends ascribe to them reserved seats, where they habitually spend most part of their days poring over books.
However, investigation by Campus Sun revealed that some mischievous students visit the library to deliberately sabotage the efforts of their serious colleagues. They resort to burying textbooks far away from the reach of those that might need them, especially during the final weeks of preparation for examination.
Other students also tear off relevant pages of the textbooks and smuggle them out of the libraries for their personal use.
Our reporter gathered that students who indulge in such acts do so because of the limited copies of relevant textbooks in public universities’ libraries. It is also alleged that these students hide the books to ensure that their smart colleagues do not get ahead of them in class quiz, assignment, examinations and project writing.
Checks reveal that most Nigerian universities admit many students in each session to study different courses but lack the carrying capacity for the increasing population.
With few textbooks and limited sitting spaces in the library, students fight over everything in the library, ranging from the seats to books. Most often, the facilities are dilapidated and the books outdated, with little efforts made to upgrade them.
Our reporter, who visited some of the public school libraries, noted the poor learning environment, poor ventilation, insufficient sitting spaces, among others. Most tertiary institutions that commenced e-library project have not gone beyond the mere physical structure and banner advertising the modern facility.
Speaking to our correspondent, one of the students at the Cross Rivers University of Technology (CRUTECH), Comrade Idam Oko, confirmed that students hide textbooks in the library, thereby depriving other students access to the material. He said the ugly incident is most common during examinations.
Idam said the only serene environment for students residing in the hostel is the library, but noted with regrets that the habit of hiding books often leave students with nothing to read.
“For over two weeks, I have been searching for a particular textbook in the library but have not seen it. I asked the library staff and she told me that the book was there but we searched all nooks and crannies, yet, we could not find it,” he said.
Another student who craved for anonymity expressed her dissatisfaction with the level of negligence in upgrading books in the library.
“Our library is not up to the required standard, we need to upgrade the library like the ones in other countries. Most books in stock are old versions and we are expected to compete with others from world class institutions. We need latest textbooks because of the rapid development in the world,” she said.
One of the library staff of the school, who declined having her name in print, confirmed that students hide textbooks during examination for selfish reasons. She further urged the management of tertiary institutions to rediscover the treasure in books and resuscitate their libraries for optimal utility for students.
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