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CONFUSION IN OAU AS SOME STUDENTS WRITE EXAMS

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Some students and lecturers at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Tuesday expressed displeasure over what they referred to as the anomalies in the ongoing rain semester examination for 2017/2018 session.

The examination clocked one week on Monday amidst the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Congress of Nigerian Universities’ Academics (CONUA) in OAU refused to join the industrial action, thereby causing more confusion in the school’s academic terrain.

While some lecturers (mostly ASUU) stopped attending classes, others held classes and are now conducting examinations.

Universities lecturers, who embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, 2018, are demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government.

The lecturers have met with federal government at least seven times without the strike being called off.

A final year student of Zoology, who for the fear of victimisation did not want his name in print, said the university management has ”purposely given him extra year”.

“All my department lecturers are ASUU (members) and examination is a week today without doing anything. Is that not extra year? When some of your colleagues graduate and you still remain in school.

“Even a friend of mine in Philosophy where they are not on strike will also take part in the pain because he is retaking SER001,” he said.

SER001 is ‘Use of English’, a course mandatory for all first-year students. It is a prerequisite before graduation.

Over 8,000 students registered for the course, but the examination which was scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 was postponed without prior notice on the morning of the examination.

A final year student of this course who simply identified himself as Adeola said: “The postponement is psychologically disturbing. The postpone exam indefinitely. This has not happened in OAU before.”

Our correspondent also gathered that examinations in some courses were cancelled especially at the Faculty of Law and Department of English among others.

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