The University of Ibadan (UI) has announced that the 2019/2020 academic session has been cancelled.
The information was made known by The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Olatunji Oladejo,after a resolution was reached at a meeting of the University’s Senate held on Thursday.
“Academic activities will commence for those admitted for the renamed 2019/2020 on February 22, 2021,” he said.
Oladejo said the Senate approved the recommendations by the varsity’s committee of provosts, deans, and directors who earlier met on Monday.
The approved recommendations are that the institution would not admit undergraduate students through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board for 2021/2022 session.
“The 2019/2020 academic session be cancelled and the new session now renamed 2020/2021 academic session. The proposed calendar for 2019/2020 will be changed to 2020/2021 accordingly.
“The University should notify JAMB not to list it in its brochure for 2021/2022 session as candidates who have already registered for UI 2020/2021 Post-UTME would be taken for that session (2021/2022).
“The decision to not admit undergraduates for the 2021/2022 session, however, exempts postgraduate students and direct entry students from affiliated institutions.
“It also excludes those seeking admission into the distance learning programme in its centres (DLC).
“However, affiliated institutions, distance learning centre and postgraduate college would be allowed to admit students for the 2021/2020 session
The institution’s management also noted that at the completion of the aborted 2018/2019 session by February, there will be a three weeks holiday followed by the resumption of the 2020/2021 session.
Monday’s resumption will herald faculty boards’ meetings for assessment and consideration of students’ results and completion of the examination for those yet to.
Another resolution at the meeting was the setting up of committees to prepare and look at the modalities for the conduct of online classes, in some departments.
Recalled that academic activities in the university had been halted since March 2020, when the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) declared an indefinite strike that lasted for nine months.
However, the Federal Government has given the go-ahead for schools across the country to resume on January 18, 2021, despite the rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic