Few days ago, a case of a 200 level student who failed all courses in first semester and barely passed only two courses poorly in second semester year one was brought to our office. The 200 level student who had paid all necessary fees just saw his results and realized the situation he was in and quickly visited for advice.

In this case, the situation is even more than a WAF case. This is because the University considers several issues before WAFfing students. Let us look carefully into the criteria for WAF.

What is WAF?

WAF is an acronym for “Withdrawn for Academic Failure”. A student is considered for WAFfing if he/she does not pass 60% of his/her total number of courses or scored below 1.00 in CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average). It is believed that when a student falls under the WAF zone, it is difficult to meet up, hence, without being sure of the student’s future ability to meet up, the best approach is basically to withdraw the student to avoid further waste of resources. Once a student is WAFfed, there is no hope of continuation unless he/she has to write JAMB again and start all over. Persons especially parents who are not familiar with universities law on WAF should not see the tool as being too harsh on students but a way to save their resources from wastage.

Cases of WAF

When a student is notified of being WAFfed, of course the feelings can be debilitating. It can even result to extreme case of depression. But one thing is sure, such student who already knows his/her stand is aware that he/she faces WAFfing. So, there is often no much ado on the issue when it occurs to most students. Just at the beginning of September, 2019, the NDU released a list of students who were suspended for various offences and also those who were WAFfed. The WAF is very important to avoid wastage of resources in the university community.

What Can You Do?

When a student is WAFfed, one good option may be to go into business. But this may not be the case for all students. An inquiry made from various university sources indicates that some students who were WAFfed later enrolled again and did well. A particular source noted that her ward was WAFfed. She advised the student to enroll again but in another university. According to the source, she advised the student to apply to another university because if she applies to the same university, the same course, she is coming to see the same lecturers again. And maybe, their teaching methodology were not effective for her. Hence, trying other teachers with different methods of teaching may turn things around.

The gods are wise they say… the student is now a graduate from another university. Same student that was WAFfed from one university. So, when a student is WAFfed, trying another school may also be an option for the student and sponsor.

However, in extreme cases of poor performance like the opening case, it is still better to withdraw for business and other endeavours. Some of these poor performers in the universities are actually genius in the business environment and other endeavours. So, when a student is WAFfed, sponsors should endeavour to sit the student down and investigate anything at all they are interested in doing.


WAF has never been the end of the road. Many students has been rusticated and suspended, yet, they came back again stronger, started all over and still made it. There are plenty cases like that. Let the struggle continue either in business endeavour or back to academics.

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