UNILAG to Resume Online Classes January 25

The University of Lagos, UNILAG, has announced January 25, 2021, as resumption date for online classes.
The date is contained in the revised academic calendar for the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic session released by the university.
Lectures would end March 5 ahead of first Semester examination scheduled to begin March 15.
The examination scheduled to hold online would last until April 1 when the semester is scheduled to end.
Students would be on break for one week to resume April 12.
The first-semester result would be considered by the University Senate on April 28.
Meanwhile, the University has rescheduled the 2019 convocation which was expected to hold March last year to February.
The convocation, which was cancelled at the last minute because of crisis between the university management and governing council under the erstwhile chairman, Wale Babalakin, will now hold February 23 – 25.
It would begin with the Convocation Lecture on February 23, while the two-day convocation would follow on 24 and 25.
This announcement on the heels of ASUU industrial action and the Covid-19 pandemic which have combined to frustrate physical resumption of academic activities in the last one year or so.
ASUU had insisted that Nigerian universities are not ready to resume due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members,” ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, told Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.
“What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope,” he said.
When asked if e-learning was an option for universities, the ASUU President said the necessary infrastructure was not in place.
“We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models,” he said, adding “some are even trying blended classes, virtual and physical.
“But these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further,” Ogunyemi stated.
ASUU had on Wednesday December 23, 2020 called off its ten-month-old industrial action which was due to the Federal Government’s delay in meeting the agreements reached with the union.

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