By Adnan Tudunwada
Controversy is trailing the admission process of the Rochas Okorocha Foundation College in Kano, with only 17 indigenes of the state were admitted out of the 150 prospective students that passed the entrance examination of the school.
Based on the admission guidelines of the school, indigenes of a state, where the branch of the school is located, have up to 80 percent admission quota in each academic year, but the number of admitted students of this year remains a far cry to that rule.
Findings show that 750 prospective students sat for the common entrance examination on July 8, the result of which showed 150 students were successful.
An old student of the school and member of Rochas Foundation College Old Students Association in Kano, Mubarak Auwal told our reporter that “It is against the guideline, they are denying our people admission even though they passed the exam; they are failing them intentionally.
“The founder, His Excellency Rochas Okorocha is not aware, he should come to our aid, I am sure he is not aware of the injustice.
“This school is in Kano, it is our right to be given the 80% slot since it is located in Kano, it is in the guidelines. There is bias in marking the exams,” he added.
When contacted over the matter, the Principal of the College, Yakubu Haruna denied all the allegations, saying the admission was based on merit.
“The admission is based in merit; this school is meant for the children of the poor, the vulnerable. One student per such family but it is unfortunate that some people who are well enough financially are seeking admission for their children.
“We stick to good academic standard. I am a messenger, I don’t mark exam or any of my staff here. The exams were marked in Owerri. They only sent the list of the successful students,” Mr Haruna said.
Asked to comment on the issue of the 80% slots allocated to host community, Mr Haruna said: “Yes there is this guideline in existence, but when the indigenes failed the exam, our Head Office in Owerri had no option than to admit the non-indigenes.
“The people complaining are the same people that sent their children late for exams. We are very serious in ensuring good academic standard and maintaining the good reputation of our founder Rochas Okorocha.
“We make students to resit exams, repeat class and withdraw them on academic grounds. That is why our students graduate in flying colours. We ensure that the admission is on merit,” he added
Mr Okorocha established Rochas Foundation College, Kano in 2004 with the aim of admitting the less-privileged children whose parents cannot afford their education.