CRUTECH Resumes amidst Uncertainties
Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) has resumed for the 2017/2018 academic session, amidst uncertainties on when actual academic activities would resume.
Although newly admitted students were expected to resume last Monday, January 8th 2018 while returning students were expected to resume today, there is no indication that the university is fully prepared to receive these students.
Most offices in the Calabar campus of the university were locked today, as members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) are currently on a nationwide strike action. Usually, members of SSANU and NASU coordinate registration formalities for students at the beginning of each semester. The strike action has halted that practice.
However, members of the university’s branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are not on strike. Some of them were seen in clusters discussing outside their offices today. A reliable source informed me that the morale of these lecturers is low, as they have not been paid Earned Academic Allowances, contrary to an agreement they reached with the university’s Management before they suspended a strike action in December 2017.
The lecturers have reportedly vowed not to mark last semester’s examination scripts until payment of those allowances commence. The non-release of lecture time table in most departments I visited today may be connected to that vow. When marking of scripts commence, lectures may not commence smoothly, as lecturers may be too busy to attend normal classes.
Also, students’ hostels are still being renovated and look unready for accommodation. Although the front and side views of these hostels have been repainted, the rear views still look dirty. Bad spots inside the hostels remain bad, except the walkways and the Student Union President’s room which are being repaired.
One of the persons doing renovation work in the hostels who identified himself as Ekemini told me that the renovation work is being done according to official directives. He said: “We de work where dem point hand show us”.
A newly admitted student who prefers anonymity stated that she did not expect what she has witnessed so far. She said: “I came all the way from Asaba. I was hoping to pay my school fees and secure accommodation in the hostel to enable me settle down quickly. But I haven’t achieved anything since I came. They told us that the server is down and we have been waiting here at the MIS for several hours. I didn’t expect what I am seeing here”.
The server that permits students to pay their school fees was still reportedly down at the Management Information System (MIS) unit of the university, at the time of filing this report. Several newly admitted students appeared frustrated by that development.
It would be recalled that the last academic session in CRUTECH witnessed several interruptions caused by strike actions by staff. Would this session be better? Time would tell.
Year 3 Student
Department of Mass Communication