Plateau State Polytechnic (PSP) students have marched to the streets of Jos to protest the postponement of their semester examinations.
The students marched to the streets on Monday, blocking the Yakubu Gowon Way, a key thoroughfare going into and out of the state capital city, according to NG Times.
According to sources, the institution’s teachers went on an indefinite strike, which caused the semester examinations to be postponed.
The professors had sent the government a strike warning due to the administration’s failure to satisfy their requests for earned allowances and other concerns.
Deborah John, a plateau polytechnic student, commented on the situation, describing the administration’s choice to postpone the exam as an attempt to shorten their academic journey.
“When we arrived at school this morning to begin our exams, we saw a circular stating that our instructors had been on strike since Friday,” she explained.
“We were not notified; no one told us anything; we suddenly found out that we can’t start our exams.”
“This is why we are demonstrating, and we are protesting peacefully because all we want to do is go in and do our exams.”
“Due to COVID-19 shutdown, but primarily due to multiple strikes by our professors, we have spent nearly three years in only one semester.
“We continue to pay for our housing, school fees, and other costs. More importantly, we are growing older, and by the time we graduate, we will be unable to find work due to our age.”
Another student, Isreal Longdu, expressed his displeasure with their professors’ ongoing strike.
He went on to say that the development has slowed their academic advancement.
“No one has been to speak to us about the matter, and we believe this is wrong,” Longdu added.
“We expect a full explanation from management as to why we are unable to begin our exams today.
“We are tired of this back-and-forth; our academic progress is being harmed, and this is not healthy for us.”
To prevent the collapse of law and order, armed security forces were said to be present in large numbers at the protest site.
Students at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) went on strike a few days ago, protesting a temporary rise in their tuition costs.
The polytechnic had not to officially address the matter as of the time this article was made.