- The integrity of the examination and certificates of the Awolowo University (OAU) was on Monday, January 28, called into question by ASUU
- The union said that while the school's syllabus are yet to be covered, examinations are being conducted for students at a time when there is lack of lecturers
- In reply to ASUU's claims, Niyi Sunmonu, the chairman of the Congress of Universities Academics (CUA) said that these are unfounded allegations
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, January 28, called into question the integrity of the examinations and certificates being conducted and issued by the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun state.
Adeola Egbedokun, the ASUU chairman in OAU expressed worry over the fact that the authority of the institution continued with examinations for students amidst the industrial action that has led to the absence of lecturers in most universities, Punch reports.
The ASUU boss in the institution said that the university in its bid to bring the semester to an end, quickly conducted examination for its students contrary to the regulations and rules of the union, thus bringing its own reputation into question.
Saying that it was illogical that lectures were going on alongside examinations in some cases and was worried how the authority expected students to put up their best.
Egbedokun said: “It is worthy of note that ASUU OAU believes in both quality and integrity. Since the current semester was just five weeks-old when the strike was declared, it means we have an outstanding of seven weeks of lecture before examinations.
“Anytime that ASUU strike is either suspended or called off, the union will resume work and continue from the sixth week of lecture and then cover the seven weeks we were yet to do. One thing that must be made clear is that as much as the calendar is sacrosanct, so is the university regulation more sacrosanct.
“The final year examination questions did not undergo the mandatory moderation by an external moderator because such external moderators are fully on strike in their various universities. This calls to question the integrity of the examinations and the purported certificate the university is about to award to such unsuspecting students
“Part 4 courses are re-allocated to graduate assistants, who are not supposed to teach. We also have information that non-academic staff are being asked to supervise students’ long essays in some departments."
On his part, Niyi Sunmonu, the chairman of the Congress of Universities Academics (CUA) at OAU, challenged ASUU to present evidence for its claims, adding that they are all unfounded.
Sunmonu further stated that he was very sure that students at the Department of Physics were put through their entire syllabus by qualified lecturers.
Meanwhile, the public relations officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, had earlier said that thorough teaching was done before the examination began.
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The statement further stated: “To further set the record straight concerning ASUU’s lies, at a management meeting held on December 17, 2018, reports from provosts and deans indicated that effective and efficient teaching had been carried out in all faculties even though a few lecturers (less than 20 among an academic staff population of over 1300) had not completed the teaching of their assigned courses.
“Their teaching assignments have been reassigned to other academic members of staff who have gladly taken up the challenge to ensure that we have a smooth academic session.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that OAU had been warned by ASUU against conducting examinations when 70% of the courses had not been taught.
The university had reportedly called back its students to school and scheduled the examinations to start on January 14.
However, members of ASUU at the university who are observing the strike called by their national body, argued that the examinations would be null and void if conducted.
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