That Monday, 26th and Tuesday, 27th June, 2017 were public holidays is a fact known to even the deaf within the country.
The two days were set aside by the Federal Government to enable Muslim Faithfuls within the country mark the Eid-al-Fitr after a month-long Ramadan fast. On the two days, Government establishments and some other private establishments were closed for business.
However, in the University of Nigeria, it was observed that some lectures still held on the said days. This is despite a notice circulated to the University Community by the Vice Chancellor, informing the University community officially about the Public Holidays.
One of our reporters who went round the school observed that in some of the Faculties within the Nsukka Campus, Lectures held normally while in some other departments, Lecturers took advantage of the holidays to fix lectures so as to cover much grounds ahead of the Second Semester examinations.
In a chat with some of the students, our reporter learnt that most of the students were not in any way comfortable with the arrangement as they had hoped to use the two days for travels and other personal engagements.
Some students expressed shock when the question of whether or not the class was compulsory. One of the students who spoke to our Reporter on conditions of anonymity said that their lecturer fixed the class without any consultation with them. He said that when they protested about it, they were threatened with attendance and missing of exams.
One of the lecturers who spoke to our reporter when approached on why he was holding a class on a public holiday asked rather rhetorically “am I the only one?”
Attempts to reach the University Administration for comments proved abortive as mails sent to the school’s Principal officers’ accounts returned not delivered.