Report reaching schoolwatch.com.ng has it that all full-time and part-time students of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, has been mandated by the school management to proceed on a compulsory 22-day holiday to enable them to exercise their civic rights during the 2015 general elections that would commence on February.
The Head, Public Relations Unit of the college, Mr Charles Oni made this assertion to the News Agency of Nigeria
Mr Charles Oni stated that the holiday will start from February 11 and end on March 4.
It also stated that hostels and lecture theatres would be under lock and key throughout the period.
Students are hereby directed to vacate the hostels on February 11.
The Rector of the college, Dr Margaret Ladipo, implored the students to be of good behavior during the holiday.
Mixed reactions, however, trailed the announcement, as some students said the holiday would disrupt the second semester academic calendar.
Others commended the management for being safety conscious and allowing students, who are not residents in Lagos to travel for the elections.
Miss Ronke Adeyemi, a National Diploma, Science and Laboratory Technology part-time student, told the News Agency of Nigeria, that it was a good decision.
“It is a good decision and I am happy with it. It is very risky for us to stay on campus during the elections because anything can happen.
“I will use the period to read and prepare for my test because as soon as we resume in March, we are starting our test,’’ she said.
Another student, who pleaded anonymity, said the holidays was too long and would deny the students the opportunity to receive enough lectures and prepare for examinations.
The National Diploma Textile Technology student said the holiday should be reduced to 10 days in the interest of the students.
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