The management of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ijebu Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, on Monday, barred hundreds of students from attending classes for putting on pam sandals.
Our correspondent gathered that the students were stopped at the school’s Permanent Site gate in Ago-Iwoye, and told to return home to wear shoes.
Narrating his ordeal, a student, who simply identified as Durotimi said he missed classes because he wasn’t allowed on the school campus for wearing pam sandals.
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He said, “It is disheartening. When we got to the school gate this morning, we discovered that the school management implemented an unknown policy asking students not to wear pam sandals and the likes into the school environment except shoes.
“Many of us had 8am classes and some of us were supposed to have test this morning but when we got to the gate this morning we were delayed for over 2hrs. It even got to a point where they had to use a police man just to make sure we didn’t enter the school.”
Another student, Chidinma told our correspondent that she and other students were harassed by the school’s private security guards for putting on pam sandals, and they were sent back home.
When contacted, the school’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Adekunle Rasheed, justifying the policy, said it was enshrined in the school’s code of conduct.
Rasheed said, “The students were aware of this policy before now as it is enshrined in the school’s code of conduct. Also, they were earlier informed about this during the orientation programme last week.
“There are so many things not allowed on the school campus – tinting of hair, wearing of shorts, using tinted glasses for cars, and wearing of pam sandals, among others.”