Senate of the Benue State University, (BSU) Makurdi has approved the demand by students of the institution to recalculate their CGPA from its 4 grading system back to 5 point grading system.
The school authority while asking only 100L and 500L students to resume academic activities on Monday said the acceptance of its students demand is to maintain peace and order in the institution.
According to a press statement from the BSU Management Media House, the decision to accept the demand of the students was taking on Thursday by the University Senate which met following the
Students of the Benue State University, Makurdi (BSU) Monday, 2nd September, 2019 staged a protest over alleged implementation of the new five points grading system by the school management, as directed by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Recall that last Monday, the students protested over what they described as ‘poor medical attention and safety of the life of the President of the National Union of Benue State Students, (NUBESS), Comrade Smith Tyonor who was shot around the University community by unknown persons.
The students yesterday blocked all the main entrances of the University as early as 6am, demanding that the management must revert to the four (4) point grading system.
Following this action, the Senate of the institution met at the Vice Chancellor’s private residence located inside the Commissioner quarters in Makurdi, the State capital and issued a directive that the University be closed with immediate effect to avoid further breakdown of law and order in and around the University campus.
In a statement after the meeting through the registrar, Dr Mfaga Modom, explained that the university is aware of the students’ grievances as relates to five points grading system and has constituted a committee to consider their appeal.
“The committee requested and received memoranda from the university community including students and its reports is to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the senate scheduled to hold on the 5th of this Month”
She disclosed that the university had already complied with the directives of the National Universities Commission (NUC) by reverting to the five points grading system, with effect from the 2018/2019 academic session.
While describing the closure of the two gates of the university by students as unwarranted, the management also appealed to students to be law-abiding and respect constituted authority, policies and properties of the institution and allow due process to prevail.
“We wish to state clearly that the school management cares for the students’ academic success and will never in any way do anything deliberately to distort their academic performance and results.”
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“The senate final words aimed at a platter through several deliberation that a committee should be flagged on board to recaculate the said CGPA from its 4 grading system back to 5 point grading system in other to enumerate peace.
“Meanwhile, 100 and 500 level are to resume school in Ernest on Monday as they are not affected by the 4point grading system”.
In another development, the Senate also approved the setting up of another committee to probe the protest staged by the aggrieved students of the University.