The Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, Lagos, has directed its full-time and part-time students to proceed on a 22-day vacation to enable them exercise their civic rights during next month’s general elections.
This is contained in a bulletin signed by the Head, Public Relations Unit of the college, Charles Oni.
According to the bulletin, the holidays would start from February 11 and end on March 4.
It also stated that hostels and lecture theatres would be under lock and key throughout the period.
The bulletin quoted the rector of the college, Margaret Ladipo, as appealing to the students to comport themselves during the holidays.
Mixed reactions, however, trailed the announcement, as some students said the vacation would disrupt the second semester academic calendar.
Others commended the management for being safety conscious and allowing students who are not resident in Lagos to travel for the elections.
A National Diploma, Science and Laboratory Technology part-time student, Ronke Adeyemi, said the decision is a good one.
“It is a good decision and I am happy with it. It is very risky for us to stay on campus during the elections because anything can happen.
“I will use the period to read and prepare for my tests because as soon as we resume in March, we are starting our tests,” she said.
Another student who pleaded anonymity, said that the holidays was too long and would deny the students the opportunity to receive enough lectures and prepare for examinations.
The National Diploma Textile Technology student said that the holidays should be reduced to 10 days in the interest of the students.