Some public universities in Nigeria have begun preparations to return to school from January 18, 2021.
It comes after the long-running strike in the country was called off, following a compromise between the Nigerian government and the ASUU in late December.
The senators of each university have the power to announce the date of the withdrawal after the strike has been called off, and they do so after a meeting to set the date.
Universities have been closed for nine months as a result of the strike and the curfew has also hampered many areas, including education.
The strike is the result of ASUU’s failure to meet the demands of the federal government since 2019.
Although the strike was called off on December 23, 2020, schools must wait for action by the Presidential Coalition against Corruption, as the country grapples with an outbreak of the disease.
Here are some of the universities that have already set a date for their return.
Bayero University Kano (Buk)
At a special meeting of the University Senate on Monday, January 4, it was agreed to end the 2019/2020 academic year hit by the cholera epidemic.
This follows a major overhaul of the curriculum.
Here is how it will be:
Undergraduate students will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, and complete their undergraduate studies on Monday, April 26, 2021.
They will begin their second semester on Monday, May 3, 2021, and close on September 16, 2021.
The university administration has assured that it will abide by the rules and measures to prevent the spread of cholera.
For undergraduate and postgraduate students, the first semester will begin on January 18 and end on June 5, 2021.
They will return to the second phase on June 7 and conclude on September 11, 2021.
University of Benin (UNIBEN)
The Benin University Board in Edo State has ordered new and alumni students to return to school by January 30, 2021.
That was contained in a statement issued by the school after a meeting of the University Senate on Monday.
The school said the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic year will continue until April 1, 2021, while the second semester will start on April 5, 2021.
School spokeswoman Benedicta Ehanire said after the January 4 Senate meeting, they agreed that if students return to school on January 30, the lecture will begin on February 1, 2021.
The school board said it would follow all Covid-19 rules, advising all students who knew they were ill to make sure they recovered before returning.
University of Lagos and LASU
Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Tokunbo Wahab, told BBC Pidgin that all pre-secondary schools in the state are in the middle of the school year before they close.
He said the last class would return first and then the rest would return gradually to avoid overcrowding in schools.
This measure applies to all post-secondary schools in the state.
Except for the University of Lagos, better known as UniLag, which is under the jurisdiction of the federal government, school authorities have said they will meet in the next two weeks to set a return date.
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