By John Beloved & Ganiyu Ayanniyi
The OAU chapter of Academic staff union of universities(ASUU) have declared examination in Obafemi Awolowo university(OAU) invalid.
Reacting to the decision of the school management to conduct exams despite the ongoing Nation wide strike embarked on by lecturers.
The union has called the attention of both parents and students, pointing out the criteria for conducting examinations.
In a release signed by the chairperson, Mr Adeola Egbedokun and the general secretary, Mr Kayode Atilade received by OAU Peeps News agency, the union declared examination conducted by the school null and void stating several criteria would be left unsatisfied.
It emphasised that the decision of the school management to coerce students to sit for examination in courses where the required minimum of 75% attendance as stipulated in the school regulations have not reached calls to question the integrity of the institution.
The release further stated that the school is operating against the university regulations by operating this semester for barely (five) 5 weeks of lectures instead of twelve (12) weeks of intensive teaching, one (1) week for Lecture Free Week and two (2) weeks for examinations, making a total of fifteen (15) weeks alleging the school of reallocating courses to some lecturers illegally.
According to the school current academic calendar, examinations are to start on Monday 14th January 2019.
" The current rain semester of 2017/2018 session commenced 2nd October 2018 while ASUU strike commenced on the 4th of November
Consequently the semester was barely five weeks at the time lectures stopped, with the implication that courses have not been fully taught." It stated
The union condemned the reallocation of courses by the management to lecturers with low expertise stating that courses are to be distributed based on lecturers area of specialization and experience.
The Union Concluded by indicating that the Vice chancellorship, Deans and Head of departments would be accountable for the implications of this action.