The University of Lagos has announced the indefinite postponement of its convocation ceremonies earlier scheduled for the last two days – February 24 and 25, 2021.
A press release issued by the institution’s Registrar, Mr. Oladejo Azeez said the postponement was “informed by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and deep consideration for the health and safety of our stakeholders’.
The notice came on the day the Convocation should have ended, had it held according to the previous schedule, so it is unclear why the announcement was not made earlier, especially as the University Management was engaged in an interactive session with journalists only on Monday, February 22, 2021, two days to the opening of the event.
So the waiting continues for students, parents, guardians and the general public who are considered stakeholders in the affairs of the University of Lagos. The Convocation was first to hold in March 2020 but was shelved due to disagreement between the Management and the Governing Council, then chaired by Dr. Wale Babalakin. That Council has since been dissolved.
Meanwhile, procedures for admitting new students into the university have commenced.
At the interactive session with the media on Monday, February 22, 2021, the Management of the university provided a brief on the ongoing Online Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (P-UTME).
According to a transcript of the briefing session posted on the university’s website, www.unilag.edu.ng, the Vice-Chancellor, stated that over 22,000 candidates applied for the P-UTME; and as of Saturday, 20th February, 15,000 of them had sat for the cloud-based testing system.
Being a virtual system, candidates sat for the test from any part of the world they were and it was scheduled to accommodate as many participants as possible.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the media team that on the first day, 1500 candidates wrote the exams. 34 of these registered various complaints, all of which were addressed, with some having their exams rescheduled. Candidates who contravened the rules, were warned and flagged; but not prevented from completing the exam.
Professor Ogundipe was however sad that some of the candidates tried to play some pranks, which he said was evidence of the decadence in the society. Such pranks were captured by the webcams monitoring the exams. According to him, much against the rules of the examination, many of the candidates were seen on live recording engaging in malpractices, although a sizable number of candidates were said to have comported themselves.
There are recordings of the over 15,000 candidates who have so far written the exam. 900 of them were flagged and their participation is subject to subsequent review.
The Vice-Chancellor described the process as a largely successful one, with unsubstantiated complaints coming from a very small minority ( 2.5%) of the candidates. He advised that parents should impart values and character into their wards, instilling in them the self-confidence that they can succeed, through self-reliance and hard work. 225 candidates were rescheduled to retake the examination on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, including those who did not show up at all in the earlier days.
Notices had earlier been sent to the candidates on the procedures, code of conduct and schedule of the Post-UTME aptitude test, before it commenced on Monday, February 15, 2021.
The instructions were that:
- Candidates must comport themselves accordingly and they were advised to have a reliable internet connection before attempting the online aptitude test.
- Their activities during the period of the aptitude test will be monitored and recorded. Candidates were required to attempt the test with a webcam and microphone enabled device. Use of mobile phones for the aptitude test was discouraged.
- Candidates were forbidden from covering their webcams during the period of the aptitude test and that the inability of examiners to see the candidate at any time during the test may result in disqualification.
- During the aptitude test, candidates were not permitted to leave their position so they were advised to adequately prepare before commencing the test.
- In the course of the aptitude test, they were not permitted to leave the test tab for another tab or application on the computer for any reason, not even to use the computer calculator and departure from the test tab could result in disqualification.
- Nobody was permitted to be around the candidate during the period of the test; not even members of their family; otherwise they would be disqualified if anybody was seen around during the test.
- The duration of the aptitude test was 30 minutes. The time started to count immediately the candidate clicked the start button and it continued to count even if he or she logged out before the 30 minutes lapsed.
- In the event that the candidate ran out of time, the aptitude test was automatically submitted.
- Use of face mask or face caps during the test was prohibited.
Meanwhile, the University Senate at its meeting held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, approved the Amended (Revised) Academic Calendar for the 2019/2020 session.
The First Semester had already commenced on Monday, 25th January, 2021 with Online Lectures. From that same date, till 31st January, Editing of Registered Courses took place.
Under the revised calendar, Online Lectures will now end on Friday, 19th March, 2021. It was extended by two weeks from the previous schedule, making it 8 weeks for lectures.
From Monday, 8th March to Sunday, 21st March, 2021, Printing of Examination Access Code would be done followed by one lecture-free week to precede and GST online examinations. From Monday, 29th March to Friday, 9th April, 2021, there will be online Undergraduate Exams in all Faculties. Saturday, 17th April, 2021 is the end of 1st Semester and opening of portal for 2nd Semester 2019/2020 Registration.
On Thursday, 13th May, 2021, which is 4 weeks after exams, the consideration of results by the Business Committee of the Senate, BCOS, will commence while the Senate meeting for consideration of the results will hold on Wednesday, 26th May, 2021. Monday, 26th April, 2021 is the proposed date of resumption for 2nd Semester, 2019/2020 Academic Session of the University of Lagos.
In the Calendar, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month are for Inaugural Lectures, while the last Wednesday of every month is for Senate Meeting.