‘512 Withdrawn Students, Who is to Blame?’
After hearing the argument of the unarguably proficient lawyers, the verdict will be given.
Although the two parties(management and students) have their own share of the blame but when dissected with the two faced knife and scaled with an unbiased scale of this court, the students should be blamed for the mass failure.
The result is a cumulative work of two semesters. Afterall, there is a privilege of knowing how well or bad you performed during the first semester so as to bridge the gap during the second semester. The failure is as a result of the students insentient to the warning alarm sounded by the Vice chancellor at the end of the first semester. Even at the end of the first semester when the conditions were favourable for examination conduction, about 510 according to the Vice chancellor amounting to 17.2% of the freshers were at the brink of being asked to withdraw not even from the faculty or department but from the University, how then can the management be blamed for the failure? No way!
When one is not doing the right thing at the right time or even doing the right thing at the right time but not at the appropriate degree, the end may likely be unpleasant as is the case now. There are plethora of options available that one can be engaged in instead of studying one boring course, attending tutorial or even classes, one then has to strike the balance between the main and side dishes the school has to offer.
This court understands the fact that there were strike actions ranging from ASUU to NASU to JAC and sparing not the Students union but all these strike actions should have been to the students advantage as there would be enough time to read the already piled up notes during this period written before the strike.
This court will rise with the witty words of Henry Miller:
In this age, which believes that there is a shortcut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
Therefore, taking shortcut in most times cut short the length of the end product and when the end justifies the means, the means also sometimes determine the happenings at the end.
Reader: Olayiwola Toyeeb
School: University of Ibadan
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