By John Beloved
The management of Obafemi Awolowo university(OAU) has released examination time table in a bid to continue with the academic session despite ASUU strike.
Report have it that the strike was declared by the National Body of Academic staff union of universities(ASUU) on the 5th of November 2019 over some demands which based on the agreement reached with the federal government in 2009.
Throwing OAU students into dilemma, the strike had been effective in some departments and at the same time placed no hold on others hereby dividing academic activities within the institution.
OAU Peeps News Agency gathered that students panicking heightened with the decision of the management to conduct a general examination for all students despite the halt in some classes.
Speaking with some OAU students, they have however clamoured for an extension to cover up for their loss and to enable them finish the syllabus before test and exams would be conducted.
Speaking with an affected student Dauda Nahimot, a student from the department of botany, she lamented over the perceived effect of the situation
In her words, "We should be given at least two weeks extension to cover up what we missed, even two weeks won't be enough, we can't cover up for the practicals anymore. We missed more than five weeks of practicals which spans for 3hours every week.
Another student,Laide stated that the examination date fixed is causing unrest among students.
In his words " We are meant to start exams on the 14th of January as scheduled. Our timetable is out already &practicals can no longer hold. We are only coming to write test and exams like other students that have been attending classes."
Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency, the public relations officer of the institution, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju stated that regardless of the strike the school has been opened, academic activities have continued and lecturers have been teaching.
"Eighty percent of the lecturers are teaching in OAU. Some classes might have not been holding but that doesn't mean lecturers have not been teaching."
Also in an interaction with OAU Peeps, the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Aransi, stated that the management would put into consideration students whose classes were halted due to the strike.
In his words, "Definitely the management have taken a position on the matter .Just let the student resume. I'm not saying there would be any change but the lecturers are in position of how they are going to be teaching these courses.
So there is no course for alarm."