Dr. Ben Ugheoke, a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Abuja stated that the high turnover of first class graduates by a university is not a measure of the quality of products of such institution.
The university don disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, adding that it was his personal view that universities padded results to notch up their graduates.
He further revealed; “The number of first class graduates from a university does not reflect the quality of the products of such university.
“After examination, the academic and examination boards at the departmental levels sit to moderate the result and at that level, padding may come up.
“I see it as padding what is wrong to make it seem as if it is normal; it is my personal view; they look at the result and make it look like a normal distribution.
“It has come up in our senate, and our senate rejected it that we cannot do it because other people are doing it,’’ he said.
Ugheoke added that there were advantages associated with such padding as it was difficult to secure employment in the Federal Civil Service without a Second Class Upper grade.
Since some institutions whose Second Class Lower graduates were better than Second Class Upper graduates elsewhere; this would put their products at a disadvantage if they refused to pad them.
“It does not follow a straight line curve to say that first class is a measure of good output from a particular university,’’ he added.