Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has begun the second semester examination for the 2017/2018 session Despite the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, Students are complaining of being tested on courses they were hardly taught. The school, backed by the rival Congress of Nigeria University Academics (CONUA), are insisting on the exams.
The university commenced the second semester examination for the 2017/2018 session began on Monday – 71 days after the ASUU strike started.
However, some departments at OAU are carrying on with academic activities because their lecturers have renounced ASUU membership.
A parallel union, the Congress of Nigeria University Academics (CONUA), was born in OAU last March after lecturers broke away from ASUU following some disagreements. They claim the industrial action is not binding on them.
While lecturers loyal to ASUU have not been working, their CONUA counterparts have been attending classes. This has caused confusion among students who are now sitting for examinations in courses for which they were not well prepared.
A 400-Level Law student, who pleaded anonymity, said since the beginning of the semester, they only had an introductory class for a maritime law course he offered as most of his lecturers belonged to ASUU. He said students did not even have an outline for the course.
“I was shocked when the examination date for the course was fixed, which was released less than 48-hours to the exam day,” he said.
Another student, Dauda Nahimot, studying Botany, lamented that there was not enough time to study before the examinations were fixed, despite not having regular classes.
She said: “We should be given at least two weeks extension to cover up what we missed. Even two weeks won’t be enough; we cannot cover up for the practicals anymore. We missed more than five weeks of practicals which span three hours every week.”
Another student, simply called Tayo, faulted the organisation of examinations despite regular classes noy taking place.
“I am in my final year at Electrical and Electronics Department and we did not have the minimum of 12 weeks teaching and one compulsory lecture free week before we can proceed to examination as provided in the university regulations. The management should not in the name of stable calendar jeopardize the lives of students.
“Some departments have fixed lectures for Saturday and Sunday. Yet, students are expected to be in the examination hall the next day,” he said.