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Benue varsity shut as students kick against new grading system

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The Senate of Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi yesterday ordered the immediate closure of the institution to avoid breakdown of law and order following a protest by students against purported implementation of a new grading system by the school management.

Barricading the entrances of the institution as early as 6.a.m. yesterday during the march, the undergraduates demanded reversal of the 5.0 Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) to 4.0.

But announcing the closure in a statement by the Registrar, Dr. Mfaga Modom, the management, admitting knowledge of the students’ grievance, disclosed that the Senate had constituted a committee to consider the issue and make recommendations.

Consequently, memoranda are to be received from the entire university community, including meetings with the students, for a holistic report to be deliberated by the Senate at its gathering on September 5.

“Students must acknowledge the fact that the university had already complied with the directive of the National Universities Commission (NUC) by reverting to the five-point grading system with effect from the 2018/2019 academic session,” the statement noted.

The management, however, viewed the protest as unwarranted, noting that it had appealed for their patience to enable the committee to complete its assignment.

“We wish to state that the school management cares for the students’ academic success and will never deliberately distort their performance and results,” the registrar added.

The Guardian recalled that in the last one week, the protesters had also kicked over what they described as “poor medical treatment and safety of the life of President of the National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS), Smith Tyonor, who was shot outside the university premises by unknown persons.”

Speaking, however, to newsmen on the demonstration, the secretary, Forum of Departmental Presidents, Comrade Moses Gagba, claimed that over 100 students had been withdrawn from the Department of Economics on account on low CGPA in the four-point grading system regime.


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