By Timothy Oyegoke
The students of Federal University Oye-Ekiti have expressed their fears as the first semester examination of 2020/2021 academic session sets to start on Thursday, 2nd of December, 2021.
The academic session which commenced on 6th of September, 2021, has been full of worries as students claimed not to have gotten rest despite the stress they passed through last session.
The students, who only had a two-week break for the previous session, said their “mental health is important to cope as university students”. Consequently, many of them are tensed as they believe that the inability to rest will cause fatigue which is detrimental to their studies.
Gold Israel, a 300 level student of Business Administration department, while speaking with UCJ FUOYE, said he “faced this same issue in 2019 when students were rushed due to the riot that occurred then”.
“I had ‘D’ in a course that was important to me. I could have gotten a better grade if we had gone by the normal calendar but the fast academic calendar did not allow me to perform well. So, I think something like that could also happen to many students this semester,” he explained.
Similarly, Yusuf Morakinyo, a 200 level student of Economics and Development Studies expressed the same fear. He however said, “I will put in my best in the forthcoming examination as I have no choice.”
Contrary to others’, Happiness Ismail, a final year student of the Department of Animal and Environmental Biology sees “no reason why students won’t cope”.
“As students in the university, we are expected to adapt to any situation regardless of the circumstances around us. What is expected of us is that we study hard as that is our primary assignment on campus,” she told UCJ FUOYE.
Ayanfe Agboola, a 100 level student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering also shared his view. He said that, “students’ performance will be affected.” He however feels “serious students should have prepared” due to the early awareness of the agenda in the current academic calendar.
As students expressed their thoughts, few lecturers also stated their stance on the approaching examination.
While speaking to UCJ FUOYE, Dr. Anthony Ajayi, a lecturer from the Department of Animal and Environmental Biology said:
“Although the environment is not very conducive, every student should find a way out. If there is poor performance, it is from students who do not attend classes.”
He concluded by encouraging students to “believe in themselves and meet lecturers to get more clarity on seemingly unclear courses”. He also advised students to be adequately prepared regardless of the short time available.
Dr. Mustapha Arilesere, a lecturer from the Department of Business Administration, was of the opinion that examination fear is normal for 90 percent of students.
“Students should always ensure adequate reading and effective study as it will eradicate every iota of fear in them,” he concluded.
Amidst these controversies, the school management has maintained its stance on the commencement of the examination on the slated date.