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UDUS Students Urge Management to Open Lecture Halls, Release Timetable

Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) students have urged the school management to open lecture halls and departments to release lecture timetables. 

According to the approved academic calendar for the 2022/2023 session, lectures were scheduled to begin on Monday, 17 April 2023, and end on Saturday, 22 July 2023, the equivalent of 14 weeks. 

Two weeks after the academic session should have started, the university management is yet to open several classrooms, and just a few faculties have released the semester’s lecture timetables. 

Despite releasing their timetables, they have not started their lectures.

While speaking with Campus Reporter, Akande Taoheed, a 300-level student of Education Biology, pleaded to the management to open the classes to aid students’ studies. He said, “It is like the school is wasting the overstretched calendar by not opening classes or starting lectures as scheduled.”

“If they open the classrooms, it will motivate lecturers to attend lectures because they will know that students will be waiting for them in class,” he added.

Another Education student, Kolade Samuel, expressed displeasure over the locked classrooms. He said, “I don’t know why they have not unlocked the lecture halls; if they fear yaro boys, what can they steal from the classes?”

“They are wasting our time by delaying the commencement of the lecture, or are they waiting for new students to finish confirmation screening?” he asked rhetorically. 

He urged departments to release lecture timetables, hoping the school management would open up the classrooms.

A 200-level Geography student, Ajadi Habeeb, also urged the school management to open classes and release lecture timetables. He said, “If the lecture starts at the right time, it will give students enough time to study well and excel in their examinations. Some students are slow learners who need to start studying as early as possible.”

A 300-level History and International Studies student, Abdulrahman Rahmat, narrated her bitter experience in Sokoto during the holiday. “‘I regret not travelling to my hometown for a holiday; I thought lectures would commence on time but reverse the case,” she lamented.

Rahmat’s hometown is Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state. She confessed that she always enjoys holidays at home, but the last holiday was tough for her in Sokoto, especially during the just-concluded Ramadan fasting.

“The management should please open classrooms; all departments should also release lecture timetables and ensure immediate commencement of lectures,” she pleaded.

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The chairman of the Students’ Union caretaker committee, Shamsudeen Umar, a 500-level student of the Law, said, “Some faculties, including my faculty, have released lecture timetables. As of next week, other faculties will do the same, and classes will be open for lectures.”

While contacted, the university’s Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Umar Aliyu, explained that he had directed the people in charge to start cleaning the classrooms on Thursday. “I don’t know why they haven’t started cleaning the classrooms, but I will reach out to them,” he said.

He added, “Classrooms will be open next week; there’s a public holiday on Monday, so that it will be open on Tuesday, 2 May 2023.”

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