After 9-month-old strike, Nigerian university cancels academic session, announces fresh resumption date

After 9-month-old strike, Nigerian university cancels academic session, announces fresh resumption date

– A whole academic year has been lost to the ASUU strike which lasted about nine months in the year 2020

– Following the suspension of the strike, the management of the Bayero University Kano has cancelled the 2019/2020 academic session

– The university’s management also announced new resumption dates for the 2021 academic session

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Following the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which lasted about nine months, the Senate of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has approved the cancellation of 2019-2020 academic sessions.

Daily Trust reports that the decision which was announced on Monday, January 4, affects both undergraduate and postgraduate programmmes in the university.

Legit.ng gathers that the cancellation was contained in a memo signed by the university registrar, Fatima Binta-Mohammed.

After ASUU strike, Bayero university cancels 2019/2020 academic session, announces resumption date

Bayero university cancels 2019/2020 academic session, announces resumption date.
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According to the memo, new academic session for undergraduate students will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021 as the first semester, while the second semester will begin on Monday, May 3, 2021.

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For the postgraduate students, the Senate slated Monday, January 18 as the date to resume for the first semester while the second semester will begin on Tuesday, June 1.

The BUK senate has also renamed the 2019/2020 session to 2020/2021.

Before the ASUU strike commenced, the university had already completed its mid-semester break for the first semester of 2019/2020 academic session for undergraduates, while the postgraduate students had just resumed for the session.

Nigerians react

Below are some of the reactions to the BUK’s decision from Nigerians on social media:

Yahaya Abbas Aliyu said:

“I Hope the mighty ABU wouldn’t emulate BUK in cancelling 19/20 academic session.”

Tasi’u Abdulla said:

“To cancel or not cancel already the session has been gone since now we are in a new year.”

Yahya Kabiru Ahmad said:

“What of the registration fees which students have paid before?”

Mannir Alhassan Observer said:

“Is better than to rush for quality education”

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Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to embark on massive protest should ASUU resume its industrial strike action.

Speaking through its newly-elected president Sunday Asefon on Thursday, December 24, NANS described as a slap the ASUU’s position that the strike was suspended “conditionally”.

Legit.ng recalls that after nine months, the lecturers’ body announced the suspension of the strike action on Wednesday, December 23. The strike had started in March 2020.

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Mbagwu Johnpaul Chiagoziem graduated with a 4.51 in a 5.0 grading system to emerge the first student ever to bag a first class honour in the department.

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