Students at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, have commenced their semester exams despite the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This was with the close monitoring by a majority of the university’s lecturers as the 2017/2018 Second Semester examinations started on Monday.
Recall that since 4th November, 2018, ASUU had, embarked on the industrial action.
That had led to the paralysis of academic activities across various public universities since then.
EduCeleb.com told you earlier that the seven negotiation meetings between the university teachers’ union and the leadership of ASUU had not yielded any end in sight to the strike with ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi now insisting on the 2013 agreement that mandated government to pay the balance of the N1.3 trillion revitalisation funds.
However, some departments in OAU are carrying on with academics as they have lecturers who are not members of the ASUU.
The OAU lecturers said they are members of the Congress Of Nigeria University Academics, (CONUA) , adding that the industrial action was not binding on them.
Students of English and Literary Studies department have been receiving lectures and sat for exams on Monday.
The university’s public relations officer, Abiodun Olarenwaju told TheCable that 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 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.”
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It will help some students to graduate and again to normalise their academic calendar