Academic Activities to Resume in January

Universities are expected to resume academic activities in January following the suspension of the 5 months nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Although some universities have started skeletal work already, full academic activities is expected to resume in January.

local media reports indicate that at least seven universities haven’t re-started classes or won’t re-open until after the holidays, while five others have already resumed classes.

In a surprising twist, one of the universities has scheduled some tests during the holidays to seek to make up for lost time. Teachers in the sociology department at the University of Benin have scheduled tests for Saturday, December 28, indicating that students aren’t supposed to go far for the holidays, reported the Leadership.

Academic activities have also resumed at the UsmanuDanfodio University, Sokoto State; Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi; Benue State University; and NnamdiAzike University.

Ike Odimegwu, a professor at NnamdiAzike University and chairman of the university’s union branch, told the Daily Post that academic activities have already re-started following the calling off of the strike.

She did say that “serious academic activities” wouldn’t re-start until the the university’s management rolls out the university calendar.

Meanwhile, classes at at least seven universities haven’t started or won’t start until January, after the holidays.

These are University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Abuja; Federal University of Uyo; University of Port Harcourt; NnamdiAzikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State; ObafemiAwolowo University; and University of Jos.

Barrister JilliDandam, registar at the University of Jos, said that classes will re-start in the first week of January, and that hostels for students would open for students starting January 4.

Students at the school said their ready for classes to start immediately.

At the NnamdiAzikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State, sources said that university management have to draw up a new academic calendar, and aren’t sure when classes will re-start.

But many students have already returned to the campus, including the hostels.

Dr. Godson Okafor, a professor at the university, said that the new academic calendar would have to be approved by the university’s senate before classes begin.

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