Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Monday, began exams for the 2017/2018 second semester despite the ongoing strike action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ASUU, led by Biodun Ogunyemi, had embarked on industrial action on November 4 to protest poor funding of universities and non-implementation of agreements reached.
While other academic activities were suspended in various universities, some departments in OAU carried on because they had lecturers who were not members of ASUU.
Students of Botany, Zoology and some foreign languages have been affected by the strike action, their colleagues in English and Literary Studies department have been receiving lectures and sat for exams on Monday. .
According to Abiodun Olarenwaju, the university’s public relations officer, the school calendar would not be extended.
“There’s nothing that suggests we are going to extend any calendar. Don’t let us be speculative, when we get to the bridge we will cross it.
The senate of the university is in charge of the academic activities, if they find it find to extend, they will and if not, there’s nothing anybody can do about it.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and don’t let us be speculative. Whether they are going to extend it or not has not stopped the students from reading, they should read” he said in December.
See social media reactions by some affected students below…
I pity the Law students in this OAU because their timetable was just released yesterday and some have an exam tomorrow. What is worse is their lecturers stopped coming to class immediately the strike started and all of a sudden, last week, their lecturers became serious. — Oluwapelumi (@auntypelz) January 13, 2019
You claim Best Nigerian University yet you will hold exams despite inadequate lectures been given to students.#Istandwithlecturesbeforeexams #ASUU #GreatIfe #OAU pic.twitter.com/lCwwqIUSBe — Ugly Fat Guy ?? (@otunba_zaddy) January 13, 2019
#BlackMondayOAU…mad oh..students going for classes and having series of test and exams the same time…what OAU turning us to??…we have not been taught half of the course and exams has been scheduled…we say no to such unethical act from the mgt…black monday on point — Adewoyin Opeyemi Raphael (@ollinx_raphael) January 14, 2019
Concerning OAU exams, I heard there’s a department that has class, test and examination on the same day. I just have a few questions: is there nobody to fight for us? Is there nothing that can be done? Is this how far we have been marginalised and rendered powerless? — Praximus (@MDPrax) January 14, 2019
why is nobody talking about the situation of things on OAU campus, where students will be forced to start exams under duress, without proper lecturing, our mental health is important as far as our grades.
#Istandwithlecturesbeforeexams. — JustAisha (@OyinHassan) January 13, 2019