31st January, 2015
The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) Lagos, has directed its full-time and part-time students to proceed on a 22-day holidays to enable them exercise their civic rights during next month’s general elections.
This is contained in a bulletin signed by Mr Charles Oni, Head, Public Relations Unit of the college.
According to the bulletin, the holidays would start from Feb. 11 and end on March 4.
It also stated that hostels and lecture theatres would be under lock and key throughout the period.
The bulletin quoted the rector of the college, Dr Margaret Ladipo, as appealing to the students to comport themselves during the holidays.
Mixed reactions, however, trailed the announcement, as some students said the holidays would disrupt the second semester academic calendar.
Others commended the management for being safety conscious and allowing students who are not resident in Lagos to travel for the elections.
Miss Ronke Adeyemi, a National Diploma , Science and Laboratory Technology part-time student told NAN, 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 that 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 that the holidays should be reduced to 10 days in the interest of the students.