Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, are complaining they have had to attend lectures and write tests, while observing the ‘lecture free week’ preceding their examinations.
The lecture free week started on Monday. Traditionally, lectures and tests are not scheduled to hold during the week to enable students prepare well for their exams.
Various students told our correspondent having lectures and tests during the week meant limited time for them to adequately prepare for their exams starting next week.
Abayomi Oladele, a final year student of the department of Mechanical Engineering, said he would be having five tests this week.
The final year student complained that the school is trying to balance the calendar at the detriment of the students’ results. “Many people will fail this semester.”
Already, the students have had to cope with unpleasant conditions as virtually all services, including electricity and library, remain disrupted due to the non-teaching staff strike.
Also, Sunday Okeya, a 200 level student of English language, lamented he’s got four tests this week. He added that these tests are for core courses that need much attention and preparation.
“Except for Wednesday and Thursday, every other day has been fixed for a test. I’m tired of the school,” he said.
Meanwhile, a lecturer at the University, who sought anonymity, explained that the school management wants this academic session to end as soon as possible even though the non-teaching staff unions are on strike.
“Most of us had to rush through the limited time available for lectures,” he stated.
He buttressed that, the unavailability of venues also hindered the conducting of some tests before the lecture free week.
In a release by Security Committee of the Students’ Union, it was stated that the Chief Security Officer of the university, Babatunde Oyatoye affirmed that ‘the school management has resolved at the Senate that lectures or tests must not hold’.
The Security officer then stated that any test or lecture should be duly reported to the unit by sending the name of the lecturer, the course code and course title.
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