Over 300 students of the Lagos State University External System, LASUES, on Monday disrupted activities at the office of the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola to protest fraudulent practices and mass failure of student by the institution’s management.
The students said since 2012, LASUES had only conducted three examinations, adding that it was not in accordance with global practices on education.
Speaker of the Students Representative Council, LASUES, Bolaji Azeez, who led the protest, said part-time students, deserved the same quality of instruction and treatment given to regular students.
He lamented the poor running of the school’s external programme, noting that such had made nonsense of the exercise. He alleged that students were not being issued identity cards and that examinations were not conducted regularly as obtained in normal academic programmes.
The Speaker added that students did not know their academic status as their results had not been released for a long time.
He said, “We in the external programme of LASU are tired of the inferior academic programme and the way we are being treated by the school authorities. Since 2012, LASUES has only conducted three examinations. This is at variance with the system anywhere in the world.
“Also, our institution has consistently been exploiting us by asking us to pay for ID cards that were never issued. Some students cannot even call themselves students of LASU as they have yet to be issued their admission letters. Many students are also waiting endlessly to get their results released.
“With all these problems, the students were made to part with between N68, 000 and N75, 000 as school fees, much higher than what the regular students are paying. Is it a sin to be part-time students?”
Azeez said a letter had been written to the governor since July, adding that nothing positive had come from the letter. He urged Fashola to respond to their complaints in order to save their academic career.
Another student, Miss Omobolanle Bakare, a 500 level part-time student of the institution lamented the poor handling of their results, saying she had yet to receive her 100 level results while in 500 level.
Special Assistant to the governor on Education and Youth Development, Mr. Hakeem Animashaun, who attended to the protesters, commended the peaceful way they had conducted themselves.
He urged them to maintain peace, saying their message would be conveyed to the governor.