Universities have been releasing their academic calendar. The overzealous management has announced the continuation of lectures from next week. They may have possibly made certain provisions that will enable the lecturers to do the job comfortably pending the release of the withheld salaries.
You don’t expect a lecturer whose salary is withheld since March 2022 and who lives some kilometers outside the campus to power his car with his saliva or trek to the campus to teach.
However, there have been several reactions arising from the trending 2021/2022 revised academic calendar from ABU. I don’t know the reason that made the management designed the calendar the way it is and approved by the Senate of the university, but I think there is wisdom in it.
Students were looking forward to completing 2 semesters between now and December 2022 but only to be informed from the calendar that the suspended first-semester lecture will continue in January 2023.
Then, there was a comment about “naturally ahead” or “naturally behind”. That actually got me laughing. Naturally ahead is not about using 4 weeks to complete a semester. Naturally ahead is ensuring that even with all the challenges the students still get the best within what our right hand can possess to make them able to compete favourably with their peers.
I am sure that ABU management must have analyzed all the factors for a quality scholarship before producing that calendar in the interest of the university and the students.
Meanwhile, FG may have succeeded in making the court give that order to lecturers to return to class for the continuation of lectures after 8 months without giving a listening ear to the lecturers, but a responsible and responsive father and university management should be concerned about the quality of scholarship.
He should be worried that his kids and students will be resuming and to be taught by traumatized teachers. What quality of learning do you expect? Or is it just for the certificate?
It was said that the easiest way to destroy a nation is to destroy the education system of that nation. Our education system is in a state that requires the declaration of a state of emergency. But rather than sits together to discuss how we can reposition them and arrive at a funding model that is acceptable to all, the owners (FG) just want students to be in school and be taught anyhow. Are we on that path to the destruction of our nation?
To fellow countrymen, as we watch our education system degrade, just note that every onlooker is either traitor or a coward. The next time you complain about the quality of our graduates, remind yourself that you were alive when FG just want them to graduate irrespective of how they were taught and the sorry state of the universities and you either supported the idea or were indifferent.
Other universities possibly need to have a look at the ABU revised academic calendar and reflect.