The exams and records building of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State has been burnt down by fire, destroying vital records and documents of the institution.
The fire outbreak was said to have happened at about 1 am on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
The fire which was noticed by students was believed to have been deliberately started by some students over the recent decision of the school management to abolish the Computer Based Test (CBT) and revert to Pen on Paper Test (PPT) for exams which just started.
It would be recalled that in 2014, the school management switched to the CBT mode for all exams in the school, a move which was hailed by the students.
Speaking to newsmen, one of the students noted that the lecturers were not happy with the CBT mode as it stopped them from making financial and sexual demands on students before passing them.
He said; “that is why they pushed for PPT in our examinations which started yesterday which they think would favour them.”
Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed said the police has mobilised its officers to the school to restore calm and restore calm and ensure the situation does not escalate.
He said; “We have commenced the investigation and the fire is believed to have been made but we are on top of the situation.”