Lecturers in Federal Universities across the country are not allowing their students settle back into a conducive learning and academic environment, thrusting examinations so soon after their nearly 6 month strike. Students are expected to learn most of the curriculum on their own by studying entire sections of textbooks not previously gone over with their lecturers.
This has led to a UNILAG student running mad, at least temporarily as he tried to force the hefty textbooks into his brain in preparation of the semester examinations only a few days away.
Daily Independent Reports:
An undergraduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka campus, has been reported to have lost sanity having been engaged in a marathon reading session since resumption of academic activities.
The male student from the Faculty of Engineering, whose name could not be ascertained, was alleged to have lost sanity at about three in the early hours of Tuesday while studying for the second semester examination.
According to a source at the 51-year old institution, the student was reported to be studying overnight at the Akintunde Ojo 24-hours library of the university when he suddenly became irrational in his behaviour and was quickly rushed to the clinic for medical attention.
Attributing the development to pressure following resumption after the five-month old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that paralysed learning activities in public universities nationwide, an eye witness said the development unsettled many students.
The incidence that was confirmed by the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Professor Olukayode Amund, led to mobilisation by students for extension of commencement date for the examination by one week.
The Dean, in a telephone interview with Daily Independent, said he was informed of the incidence through a short text message, adding that the request for a shift in the date by the students is yet to be officially communicated to authority of the university.