The students of the Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) are to begin exams for the 2017/2018 second semester despite the current strike action undertaken by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Despite the suspension of academic activities in various universities across Nigeria, some departments in OAU still continued to carry out academic activities to the fullest due to the fact that some of the lecturers in the university were not members of ASUU.
Some departments in the University including Botany, Zoology and foreign languages have been affected by the current ASUU strike action, while their colleagues in English and Literary Studies department have been receiving lectures and even sat for exams on Monday. .
You would recall that ASUU, led by Biodun Ogunyemi, embarked on strike-action on the 4th of November 2018, protesting the poor funding of universities and non-implementation of agreements reached.
According to Abiodun Olarenwaju, the university’s public relations officer, 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 find 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” he said in December.
A lot of OAU students have taken their frustrations to twitter as they cry out over the incomprehensible school time table.
I pity the Law students in this OAU because their timetable was just released yesterday and some have an exam tomorrow. What is worse is their lecturers stopped coming to class immediately the strike started and all of a sudden, last week, their lecturers became serious.
— Sekani.🌸 (@auntypelz) January 13, 2019
Me, dragging my last remaining brain cells to my impromptu exam. OAU will not be the death of me. pic.twitter.com/u6buF6MHSH
— Mosopefoluwa (@Mosopefoluwa_) January 14, 2019
OAU on fire… Exam no go kill us. pic.twitter.com/M42Vw8E3I4
— tcodes (@t_coded_) January 11, 2019
#BlackMondayOAU…mad oh..students going for classes and having series of test and exams the same time…what OAU turning us to😭😩…we have not been taught half of the course and exams has been scheduled…we say no to such unethical act from the mgt…black monday on point
— Adewoyin Opeyemi Raphael (@ollinx_raphael) January 14, 2019
These are various reactions from students of OAU on twitter.