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Striking OAU Workers, Management Reach Understanding As Exams Commence

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, commenced its second-semester examinations for the 2016/17 academic session on Monday, following an understanding between the management and the striking non-teaching staff unions.

The examinations started with special elective courses SEE002, SEA002 and SEL002 – which are general knowledge courses that do not count towards cumulative grade point average, CGPA.

A student must, however, pass 12 units of the special electives before graduating. Each carries 2 units, that is to say, a student must register for and pass at least six special electives.

The buildup to the examinations had been tough for most of the students. Due to the non-teaching workers’ strike, the library remains shut and electricity supply to parts of the academic area has been cut. The students also complained having to write tests and attend lectures a week to their exams could affect their preparation.

However, students, who spoke to our correspondent, expressed satisfaction the exams started after all, despite fears the striking non-teaching workers would disrupt the exercise.

“As at last week, many of us were still contemplating whether the exam would hold or not but kudos to the non-academic staff for reaching a sensible conclusion,” said a student, Shurry Aliyu. “I wrote one of my cure courses, YOR208 this morning.”

Another student, Moruf Adewole said, “since there is electricity in the halls of residence and some parts of the academic area, the best position is to write the examination and graduate from the system. We have started and I don’t smell any disruption.”

Also speaking, a member of Non-Academic Staff Union who identified himself as Mr. Kolade said the “non-teaching staff strike will not affect the examination.”

“We have reached concessions with University management, the students are our children. We are not fighting with them but with Federal Government. The strike is still on but students will complete their examination.”

According to the details on the university website, the examination is expected to end on February 16.

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