The 2017/2018 Rain Semester examinations of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have commenced under a generally peaceful and conducive atmosphere, even as students in the institution applauded the University management for keeping its promise that the examinations will hold as scheduled, contrary to claims by the University’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that the examination will not hold as its members have been on strike.
A release from the University’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, states that the examinations commenced at exactly 8 0’clock on Monday, 14th January, across the designated lecture theatres and halls, and all students whose courses have been scheduled sat for the examinations.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who was in company with other officials of the University, went round the venues to observe the conduct of the examination, expressing satisfaction with the arrangements for the examination and its successful take-off.
The Vice-Chancellor went on to appreciate the immense contributions and support of some academics in the University who have staunchly thrown their weight behind management’s efforts at regularizing the academic calendar, adding that posterity will not forget them.
The Release further remarked that the University has succeeded in dealing a decisive blow to the antics of some “fifth columnists” whose stock in trade is causing students, parents and guardians heartaches on account of frivolous and perennial disruptions of academic calendar of the University.
It would be recalled that ASUU OAU Branch had last week falsely claimed that the students have not been sufficiently and effectively taught to be examined since its members have been on strike since November 4, 2018.
This claim was, however, faulted in a six-page rebuttal issued by the University authorities, with a firm assurance that the examinations will go on as scheduled in the University’s academic calendar.