By Dayo Adesulu
The purpose of Lagos State University external system as widely publicized is to bring education nearer to the people of the state, but this assertion is far from the truth in practical term as the system is presently frustrating and ruining our future because since 2005, students of LASU external system, Anthony campus have not seen their results, talk less of receiving the certificates. Students in this campus passed out without graduating.
I am a 400 level student and yet to see my 100 level results. If our former results are not released we are not writing another. I am an orphan hence I can not fold my arms to see my ambition in life truncated.â€
This was the statement of the president, LASU Studentsâ€™ Union Government, Anthony Campus, Comrade Dada Shedrack when speaking on behalf of the nine external campuses during a recent press briefing organised by the union to bring their plight to public awareness in order to revamp the situation.
Dada reiterated that it is the obligation of the school to provide results in transcripts at the end of every session as embedded in LASUES undergraduate prospectus adding that even final year students are yet to see their results in courses like GNS which they were subjected to rewrite as carryover.
Missing scripts, he saidÂ which have snowballed to overdue graduates has become a tradition in LASU as students with missing scripts particularly FMS course increase geometrically in every semester.
He urged the university to pay their lecturers as at when due as failure to pay their wages will further increased the hardship of the students noting that in a situation where a lecturer conducted an exams and eventually discontinued his service with the institution due to non payment of salary, he may be unwilling to release the scripts.
The President condemned the series of monetary penalties that students were made to pay stressing that LASUES charges students five thousand naira (N5,000) as penalty for paying into wrong account in the same bank, another ten thousand naira (N10,000) for late registration in a session.
â€œThis is quite absurd, unfair, sapping and rather unbearable for students who could not afford to pay the school fees on time to now pay penalty of about 40%- 50% additional to their school feesâ€ he said.
Speaking on insecurity on campus, Dada pointed out that many a times, students had forfeited admissions, lost marriages all because of refusal to sexual relationship with male and female lecturer counterparts.
Dada further lamented absent of symposium where students assemble to have a plenary session or debate on any issue affecting their social, economic , political or academic life adding that even the issue of climate change and global warming should be a subject of discussion on their campus which was neglected.
However, in a swift reaction to the aforementioned allegations, the Director of Studies, LASU external system, Prof Mrs Olaide Adedokun debunked the claim that certificates have not been issued since 2005.
She said that though LASU had that problem before, but since 2005 the certificates that were not signed by the previous VC were signed by the present Vice Chancellor Prof. Lateef Akani Hussein adding that if they go to Exams and Records Centre of the institution or LASU website they will see the number of certificates that have been released since 2005.
For example, the graduates of 2003 in Public Administration, Accounting to mention a few is handy and we can show pressmen, she said.
On the delay in the release of examination results, Adedokun noted that there is no LASU external system without examination results stressing that the institution has brought the result of 2003 â€“ 2009 to date, except the second semester result of 2009 that is just coming in; all other results from hundred levels to five hundred levels are available.
Explaining the issue of studentsâ€™ Continue Assessment (CA), she pointed out that the CA which is 30 per cent supposed to be conducted by lecturers but since lecturers used it as an avenue to make money by awarding marks without corresponding assignments by students it was stopped. To arrest the situation, Adedokun said that they mandated lecturers to submit their questions and conduct harmonized results where they mark it through the school ICT.
For those with missing scripts problem she said that it was an inherited problem from the former administrator but since her team came on board they were able to sort out about 126 studentsâ€™ missing scripts. â€œSome students do not come to examination nor do their assignments yet complain of missing scripts,â€ she said.
In every institution, there is penalty for certain offences Adedokun stated, saying that students were educated that only three months period of grace is given in which school fees must be paid to specific account of the school and that violation of this N5, 000 will be paid and not N10, 000 as claimed.
Anthony Campus has been decongested since January 2009 to about 8,000 students by relocating the Postgraduates students and Computer Science to Ogba campus.
She however pointed out that Anthony Campus is constructing a new conducive learning building for students to enhance learning adding that a better library has been put in place where the campus purchase books directly from the main campus.