This week was a beehive of activities at various campuses of the Lagos State University (LASU) external system where many part-time students were seen rushing from their respective offices and businesses to complete the required registration ahead of Saturday’s (November 1, 2014) 1st Semester Examinations.
From Surulere, Jibowu, Anthony, Isolo, Festac, Lekki to Ikorodu campuses, the story
remains the same.
Concerned students who spoke with CityPulse Nigeria lamented the shoddy arrangements put in place by the institutions which has made them shuttle between their individual office and the admin section of their respective campuses.
Aside the frustrating long break imposed by LASU management after several suspensions of academic sessions and postponement of exams date, the students were given only a week grace to pay all outstanding bills and register their individual courses online.
The greatest fear among the students, however, is whether the management is actually serious about the exams this time or merely deploying another trickery to play on their intelligence.
According to a certain Kikelomo, “LASU Part-time programme is one of the most stressful and useless academic program we have in this country today. Imagine spending almost 7 years in school when it is not a medical course”
Whichever way the pendulum swings, Saturday, 1st November would be the day of reckoning.
It would be recalled that management of the Lagos State University recently gave its external students a two-week ultimatum to pay their fees, saying it plans to wind up the programme by 2016.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. John Obafunwa, said at a press briefing in Lagos that the two weeks ultimatum will last from October 8 to October 22, 2014. Obafunwa said the decision was taken at a stakeholders’ forum after it was discovered that only 5,366 students had registered for the semester.
The VC said the university was compelling the students to pay because the National Universities Commission had given it till 2016 to wind up the programme.
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