Mid-Semester Break: ASUU Demands Re-opening Of Obafemi Awolowo UniversityThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University has thrown her weight behind the interest of the Great Ife students by demanding the re-opening of the University early January, 2016.
As part of the resolution reached at the end of the ASUU Congress which held on Thursday, 17th December 2015 to consider University's administration's proposal of an annual leave for all academics among other things, the Congress resolved that the matter of an annual leave for academics is paramount but it should be at the end of the session. This is against the a 56-day leave proposed by the University authority which will begin after the Christmas break.
The academic staff said they only recognize the current university closure as a mid-semester break and nothing more, thereby demanding the reopening of the university for the continuation of 2014/2015 academic session by early January, 2016.
"It will be inappropriate for academics to proceed on a collective leave when students are suspended from academic work by the university, indefinite.
"ASUU only recognizes the Senate decision that the University is currently on a mid-semester break and no more.
"The University authorities should re-open the University for the continuation of 2014/2015 academic session by early January, 2016.
"In the interest of the students and the larger University community, the time lost during the current mid-semester break should be provided by the University administration on resumption of academic work."
It will the recalled that the OAU authority told the students to proceed on an indefinite mid-semester break on December 2, 2015. This is the second mid-semester break in the 2014/2015 academic session.