By Adejumo Kabir
Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife is one of the pioneer universities in Nigeria that rarely produce first class graduates in some departments.
Students of the institution told IFE CITY NEWS that they have had encounters with lecturers telling them they will not graduate, the lenient ones would promise them poor grades irrespective of their performance in the tests and examinations.
Lecturers like these according to the students abound in OAU and they wear their principle glorifying failure like a badge of honour.
In some departments graduating with first class is one of the most difficult things to achieve and this is almost impossible because some departments in the university have developed a culture of not producing first class graduates.
Bimbo Sowemimo, a student, said “While other departments produce graduates, some departments have proved that first class award is not for everyone in their departments, not even for the most brilliant students.”
Ife City News last week reported that Aarinola Olaiya broke the university old record as she emerged as the first student of Surgery to graduate with distinction in 28 years.
IFE CITY NEWS report has generated conversation on twitter and other social media platform which compelled our reporter to investigate the affected departments and circumstances surrounding the impossibility of first class.
Below is the list of five departments where first class seems almost impossible:
1.) ENGLISH: The English department has not produced any first class graduate in more than three decades. Findings established that the last distinction graduate of the department is now a senior lecturer in the department and ever since, no student has been dimmed brilliant enough to merit the award.
2.) GEOLOGY: If making first class in the study of the earth and its structure was a passport to heaven, no student studying Geology in OAU would make heaven. It is that certain. So certain that the lecturers usually prepare the minds of the students that they cannot get first class no matter how brilliant they are. Geology is one of the most dreaded departments in the university and for decades, no student has been celebrated in the department as first class material.
3.) SURGERY: In Surgery department, it is no longer news that no student has been able to make first class for the past 28 years. This seems to be a department where making first class is extremely impossible. Unfortunately, for the department, a student of the department, Aarinola Olaniyan recently broke the jinx and her fellow students could not but celebrate her victory over the department.
4.) POLITICAL SCIENCE: This department has also failed to produce any first class graduate in so many years. This culture has even made some students to give up on chasing first class because first class has not happened to any student in the past and is not likely to happen in future.
5.) CHEMISTRY: According to a graduate of this department, graduating with distinction in Chemistry is not as terrible as it is in Geology but it is rare to come across a first-class student in the department.
It takes like three to four years to see a first class graduate in this department, it is a serious issue but not as serious as the case in Geology and medical faculty.
However, this is not to say Nigerian Universities should distribute first class award to every Tom Dick and Harry, nevertheless, the students deserve to be rewarded appropriately for their efforts rather than victimizing them because the department or faculty wants to maintain a record of no first class.