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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
Graduate, Nigeria.

As politicians, political parties and the country are counting their losses following recent pronouncement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2019 General Elections in the country, students and managers of the education sector at all levels are equally restrategising.

No doubt managers of the education sector at all levels that had earlier announced resumption dates following the suspension of the three months old strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and their counterpart at the polytechnic education sector; Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP).

The story was not different at the states as pupils and students in both primary and secondary earlier sent home for the period were recalled by authorities following the postponement of the election earlier scheduled for February 16 and March 2nd to February 23rd and March 9, 2019, respectively.

In Lagos State, students in primary and secondary schools that have proceeded on break courtesy of the presidential and National Assembly elections were recalled by the Ministry of Education to resume learning on Monday, February 18th against Tuesday 19th earlier approved and announced by the ministry.

Dr. Idiat Adebule, the Deputy Governor who also oversees the Ministry of Education over the weekend directed both public and private schools in the state to resume for academic learning on Monday 18th February.

Recall that schools in the state had proceeded on a forced mid-term holiday from Thursday 14th to Tuesday 19th following the general elections earlier scheduled for the weekend

A statement signed by Mrs Ronke Soyombo, Director-General, Education Quality Assurance read, “I have the directive of Her Excellency the Deputy Governor of Lagos State to inform ALL Lagos State school’s stakeholders and the general public that the state government is compelled by the change in election dates to further review the 2018/19 school academic calendar as stated below.

In addition, the statement also directed schools in the state to close in view of the rescheduled presidential and National Assemblies elections on Friday 22nd of February and to resume on Monday 25th for the governorship and state houses of assembly election, the statement directed schools to go on vacation from “Friday 8th March 2019 and to resume on Monday 11th March”.

It added: “All public and private schools, school leàders añd school associations should take note and adhere strictly.

Speaking on the effect of the postponement and disruption to academic learning in schools, Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, LASU, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, simply said ‘laws were made for men and not men for laws and so heads of schools must restrategise’.

He said heads of academic institutions, in line with the reschedule, must also have new approaches and see how the academic calendar could blend to cover the syllabus within the available time frame.

Generally, he stated that the postponement of the 2019 elections had created concern and anxiety due to the complexity of Nigeria as a nation.

“The truth of the matter is that moving such a complex situation like these elections forward will always be flooded with a lot of complexity,” he added.

Earlier in a statement shortly after ASUU suspended its three months old strike, Prof. Fagbohun in a statement tagged: “Getting LASU Back On Track” said: “Our semester and session have been overstretched which explains why we all must fully work together to get the LASU academic calendar back on track”.

“We urge our world-class students to earnestly do what is expected of them in the areas of course registration, payment of school fees and preparation for examination as we cannot afford to further drag our academic calendar. There will also be a town hall meeting (date to be announced soon”.

The statement added: “The university will also look up to all members of staff in every department, unit, faculty, directorate and centre to provide leadership and work towards ensuring all academic and administrative activities hit top gear immediately”.

At the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan students on Monday resumed academic activities.

While some students were seen at their respective departments, a good number of the students were yet to resume for the revised academic calendar.

A source at the university attributed the low number of students on campus to the shifted Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, Director of Communication, UI, confirmed that academic activities had resumed in the school.

He said that the school, through Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) had released a statement to that effect and academic work had resumed in earnest.

“The VC, on behalf of Senate, has approved the attached adjustment in the Academic Calendar for the rest of the 2017/2018 session.

The revised academic calendar indicate that three weeks are left for teaching and revision spanning a period from February 18 to March 8 while the GES exams would take place from March 11 to March 15.

Examinations in the faculties are expected to start on March 11 through to April 5 after which students will proceed home for Easter from April 19 to April 22.

The revised academic calendar also indicated that a new session 2018/2019 would commence on June 1 for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Speaking on the effect of incessant disruption to academic learning, former Faculty of the California State University, Dominguez Hills, California and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia said: “The disruption of the academic calendar is unproductive and ignoring its effect in the overall nation-building process is a clear sign that we have the wrong leaders whose understanding of good governance or quality education is not aligned to the realities of today”.

In his contribution, Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, President /Chairman Governing Council, Institute of Information Management (IIM), who agreed that organizing an election of such magnitude requires well-defined processes and plans said programmes planned for the period had to reviewed.

“Our great Institute of Information Management is also not left out of the situation, as we have had to adjust some of our programmes/activities initially planned in 2018 for the New Year.

He added: “Whatever plan/ process put in place has to be adequately tested and trusted before mainstream implementation, for project/programme assurance”.

He added: “I think by now, we should all get used to the fact that mediocrity, inefficiency, and incompetence are what we celebrate in this clime. However, how many government agencies including INEC are receptive to innovation and organizational excellence?

“There is a need for general overhauling of the system in the country. We need to evolve and allow development in various agencies (public and private).

“Going forward, as a professional Institute we would advocate for the development of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), explicitly outlined, managed, tested and executed by a well-trained workforce in order to improve the processes and practices of electoral standards for future elections organized in Nigeria.

“We believe doing so will boost public confidence in the ability, integrity, and diligence of INEC and their activities,” he said.

Source: https://www.independent.ng/poll-shift-forces-schools-to-rejig-academic-calendar-again/

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