Benue university shut down over student protests
The main campus of the Benue State University (BSU) was on Monday shut down indefinitely following a protest by students of the institution over the introduction of a 4-points CGPA grading system.
The students had in the early hours of the day besieged the gates of the University preventing human and vehicular movement into and from the school premises, leaving both staff and students who came for their morning duties stranded.
Some students who spoke with newsmen on the condition of anonymity said that the protest was necessary due to BSU management’s refusal to revert to the 5-point CGPA grading system as directed by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).
The NUC had in the 2015/2016 session, in an attempt to eliminate Pass degrees in the Nigerian university system, directed that all universities calculate students’ Cumulative Grade Point Average using a 5-point scale.
“Most universities have adhered to the NUC’s directive and reverted to the 5-point grading. It is only BSU and a few other universities that have remained adamant, even after several negotiations between management and students leaders.
“We want the Vice Chancellor Prof. Moses Kembe (not his representative) to come out himself and address us on this issue, because we’re not ready to stand down this peaceful protest,” the students said.
Benue University Shut Down Over Student Protests