Students faint in stampede at UNILORIN exam hall


About ten 10 students of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) reportedly fainted while waiting to write their examination on Friday.

Social media reports earlier claimed that a student died in the process but the university had since debunked the claim.

Sources in the university told that a stampede occurred due to overcrowding of the examination hall as students were waiting to write their second semester examination at the school’s Computer Based Test (CBT) centre.

The university’s spokesman Mr Kunle Akogun, said that contrary to the “mischievous rumour currently trending on campus, no UNILORIN student died during the unfortunate incident at the CBT Centre on Friday.”

Over 800 students were said to be waiting to write their computer-based exam across the faculties of education, pure sciences and agriculture.

A student blamed the school management for making students work under pressure to complete their exams by 26th July ahead of the post-UTME to hold between 27th and 30th July, 2019.

Akogun admitted that “It is true that some students fainted as a result of exhaustion during a mild stampede at the CBT exam venue due to impatience on the part of some students who, in a bid to get into the hall ahead of others, began to push their ways through. This got about 10 of their colleagues with less stamina to faint.

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“They were promptly taken to the school clinic for treatment. Four of them were discharged immediately to continue writing their exams; six of them were kept for observation out of whom four were discharged in the evening of Friday while the remaining two have been discharged on Saturday morning.

“While regretting the unfortunate incident of Friday, the University management hereby appeals to our ever articulate students to always exercise patience while waiting to enter exam halls, especially for CBT exams.

“The CBT exams have been meticulously scheduled and adequate arrangements made to ensure that every student takes his/her examination without let or hindrance. So, there is really no reason for rushing.”

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