Counsellors to students: Shun negative vices to achieve good academic performance

Students in tertiary institutions have been advised to shun negative vices in order to have good academic performance. 

This advice was given on Wednesday May 18, 2016 at a Seminar organised for students of Adeyemi College of Education {ACE} Ondo by a team of Counselling Experts from the institution’s Counselling and Human Development Centre {CHDC}.

Delivering the Seminar paper entitled: “Impact of social vices on Academic Performance,” a staff from the CHDC, Mrs. Olotu Catherine Olubukola, spoke on various issues which include sexual abuse, cultism, indecent dressing and drug abuse. She described sexual abuse as any sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given by either of the party and listed its effect to include unwanted pregnancy, fear and anxiety, depression, stigmatisation to mention a few.

On ways to prevent sexual abuse, Olotu advised students to avoid going to isolated areas and ensure moderation in their dresses, in accordance with the dress code announced by their School Management.

In addition, she also emphasized the need for students to be assertive and exhibit boldness, by reporting rape cases to appropriate authorities.

Also speaking on drug abuse, the counselling expert described it as a process “When a person takes a legally prescribed medication for other reasons than for which it was originally prescribed. While admonishing students against indulging in drug abuse, Olotu said the advice was necessary in order to safeguard their future against its negative consequences.
She listed the consequences to include mental health problem, damaged relationship, dwindling finances due to drug demands, poor academic performance as well as untimely death among others.

On ways to abstain from drug abuse, the CHDC staff advised students to shun bad friends, develop high self esteem, learn from mistakes and seek help regularly from professionals.
Similarly, while speaking in another paper on the topic entitled: “Examination malpractice and its causes, another staff from the CHDC, Dr {Mrs} Fareo Dorcas Oluremi, described Examination malpractice as any illegal behaviour displayed by candidates in other to seek favour before, during and after an examination.

She listed forms of examination malpractice to include impersonation, possession of foreign materials, non-submission of answer booklet to mention but a few. Decrying increasing cases of examination malpractice in contemporary society, the counselling expert attributed it to several factors which she mentioned as including societal demand for paper qualification, low intelligent quotient, non preparedness by students, test anxiety, desire to obtain good grades without studying hard as well as poor study habits.

As panacea to examination malpractices, Fareo advised students to always study hard, attend classes regularly, participate in continuous assessment and have more confident in their individual ability.

The one-day programme organised forall the students in all the five schools in the College – School of Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Science, Languages and Vocational and Technical Education, which held simultaneously at the Babatunnde Ipaye and Grace Obongawan lecture theatres respectively, was well attended by students.