Students of the Benue State University,Makurdi in the early hours of today shut down all entries into the university in a peaceful protest over the 4-points CGPA grading system.
The protest which started as early as 0500hours has prevented human and vehicular movement into and from the school premises,leaving both staff and students who came for their morning duties stranded.
According to a student who would not want his name in print,the peaceful protest became necessary following the University management’s refusal to revert to the 5-point CGPA grading system as directed by the Nigerian Universities Commission,NUC.
Recall that the NUC had in the 2015/2016 session,in an attempt to eliminate Pass Degree in the Nigerian university system,directed all universities to calculate students Cumulative Grade Point Average using a 4-point scale,and not 5-points as it was normally done.
However,the NUC later changed this decision and gave another directive that universities should revert back to the 5-point system.
“Most universities have adhered to the NUC’s directive and reverted to the 5-points grading,it is only BSU and a few other universities that are being 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”, another anonymous student said.
As at the time of this report, no official or a representative of the university management has come to address the protesting students.