It is no longer news that there was chaos yesterday at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), when students of College of Medicine shut the school gate for several hours as the students protested against the increase in cut-off mark required to continue as medical students.
The protesting students who after their first year on the main campus are supposed to proceed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba to continue their medical training; but the reverse happened when most of the students couldn’t meet up with the required cut-off mark, so they were advised to proceed to other departments; A decision that didn’t go down well with the students.
The affected students who feel cheated accused the school management of increasing the 2.50 grade point (GP) to 4.00 GP without considering or warning the current students.A male protesting medical student while explaining to all who cares to listen stated that a fellow student with a grade point of 3.94 was notified by the university to change his course and switch to a degree in Education Biology.
However, we gathered that the student union leaders had made efforts to resolve the dispute with the school authority and broker a mutual agreement for a peaceful resolution but the school management stayed put on their decision.
The students who said they could not tell how long their protests would last, had since been dispersed from the gate, policemen and their vans are presently stationed at the main gate to forestall further actions or any acts of violence from the protesting students.