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Details of the Meeting of the SMIC and School Management, held on Tuesday 8th November, 2022, at the Dean’s Conference Room, Faculty of Law, Ovom, Yenagoa

 

Attendance: 

~ Vice Chancellor 

~ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Acad)

~ Registrar 

~ Bursar 

~ Librarian

~ Director Of Academic Planning. 

~ Director of ICT

~ Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the University. 

~ Dean, Students’ Affairs

~ Central SMIC Executives. 

 

 The Central SMIC made an appeal to the University Senate on 4th November, 2022, mainly to seek clarification on the Senate Press release of 3rd November, and also to ask for  possible consideration on the students in the implementation of the senate’s decision for the commencement of academic activities online. 

 In response, the Vice Chancellor obliged and invited the Central SMIC for a meeting with the University Management. 

The following are excerpts from the meeting:

1. The Decision to commence academic activities online is serious and non debatable. However, note the following:  

a. The senate has the students at heart, and is not inconsiderate to the inconveniences on both staff and students. You are enjoined to make all possible efforts to ensure you get the best out of the e-learning process. 

b. The decision is in order to keep the process of teaching and learning ongoing, while the university community awaits the government to fix the road leading to the university in the shortest possible time. It will be so out of place for the university to remain closed while our counterparts in other schools are in session. 

c. The training included in the press release does not affect the lectures or lecturers. It is TETFUND sponsored for some staff that are not conversant with the Tetfund E-learning platform. 

d. The modalities involved for the e-learning, such as how to join, time for lectures and so on, will be communicated to the class reps through the course lecturers. The time table remains the same.

2. As you may have noticed, the senate was deliberate to not release an academic calendar (tentative or otherwise) yet, in order not to create uneasinesses and compound the situation. Also, this is in line with keeping to NUC’s standard of the time span of an academic semester/ session. 

An adjusted academic calendar will be released immediately the road repair is completed, with full consideration and normal time span. No need to fuss about. 

 3. The Matriculation has been scheduled for 3rd December, 2022. It must hold on that day. More information on the venue will be released in due time. 

4. For all students offering courses with practical components, the practicals will be done when school resumes physically. 

5. Students in the Faculty of Law are to resume physical lectures with immediate effect. 

 6. The physical clearance for 100 level students is currently ongoing, and will continue till matriculation. All 100 level students are enjoined to go to the Law Faculty to complete their clearance. Medical screening will be done when school resumes physically. It does not hinder 100level students from carrying out their physical clearance.

7. Some students are asking if they can resume physically. There’s no stopping you. If there’s a way you can pass through the road, please, go ahead. Even those that stay in school hostels can resume, if they like. 

8. Finally, the SMIC enjoins their fellow students to fully participate in the E-Learning, for their own benefits, as there is absolutely no cause for alarm. 

*School will resume and our academic struggles and stress that we so much crave for, will continue with full force.

(*For your Information:* In a bid to facilitate resumption as quickly as possible, the SMIC has made a formal appeal to the state government, to treat the repair of the Yenagoa-Amassoma Road as an Emergency Project. We hope that this is done in no time, to ensure that this problem is put behind us.)

Thank you and God bless.

Signed: 

Meye Favour O.
(General Secretary). 

Edoghotu Victoria
(PRO).