If there are people in the academic area who feel much pain owing to the outbreak of coronavirus and the subsequent indefinite strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU), the final year students of Nigerian tertiary institutions should come to mind.
Since the WAEC students have concluded all their exams, my opinion here is the final year students of all the higher institutions should also resume classes in order to start working on their projects and also prepare for their final examinations. This will help reduce the workload for the students and lecturers. A lot of universities did not take the first semester examinations and even Continuous Assessments. If they should be allowed to resume this month, at least they might be able to round up first-semester work before the end of the year.
However, I don’t mean to say that students of the lower levels don’t get bothered about the situation, but this set of potential graduates are on the verge of having an extra year of their normal year of study, not to mention some who already have loads of carryovers which obviously will not permit them to graduate with their set. So does it mean such persons will have to wait for an extra two years for a 4-year course before going for NYSC? At least this set of students should be allowed to resume in order to conclude their final class and also begin another phase of life.
Another reason to look into here is that most of these Students lacks the penchant to study while at home and are not doing any job to keep them busy. An idle man they say is a devil’s workshop, a lot of this student was hoping to graduate by the end of this year in order to start something for themselves. So why still keep them at home doing nothing.
We know that the Covid-19 guidelines will be difficult to keep to in some of the higher institutions, but at least this can be done effectively for just the final classes as there will be a lot of space for them in the absence of other classes.
Finally, the federal government should work with ASUU to meet their demands in order to create an enabling environment for the lecturers to do their work effectively and also for project supervisors to show concern that will prompt these students to start working earnestly on their projects.
What’s your opinion on this?