University of Lagos suspends examination as students faint in stampede

The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has suspended its General Studies (GST) examination for the first semester of the 2023/2024 academic calendar following some of the students who fainted

Penpushing reports that Head of the University Communications Unit, Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem who confirmed this in a statement said the development led to rowdiness at one of the examination hall being used for paper.

The Head of the university’s Communications Unit, explained that the students who fainted were quickly resuscitated by the medical emergency service providers stationed at the scene, explaining that the university was not happy about the situation, and already working on addressing the issues

Penpushing further reports that Alaga-Ibraheem said the university is evaluating the situation to come up with an improved system, adding that the suspension of the examination followed the management review of the issues that have affected the conduct of the examination in the last two days

“But we are already working on addressing it. Please note that all inconveniences caused by this suspension are deeply regretted, and a new date/schedule for the GST examination will be shared appropriately,” the statement read.

Penpushing also reports that in reaction to the development the Parents Forum of the university  in a statement said they were not happy with the development, however, appealed to everyone to remain calm and allow an amicable resolution to be achieved

“Please know that we are not happy with the experiences that some of our children went through to write their GST examination yesterday (Tuesday). We register our outright displeasure and wish to use this medium to appeal to parents to please calm down and allow appropriate administrative measures to be applied to rescue the situation,” the statement read.

‘Please remember that members of this executive board were first parents before we became members of the exco, so we also feel the same pains, and frustrations that you feel. We are all not happy about this. But we appeal to everyone to please be calm and allow an amicable resolution to be achieved.”

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