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OAU Student Commits Suicide For Failing Exams

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : August 04, 2019, 05:10:51 PM
By Oluwole Ige | Osogbo  On Aug 4, 2019


Tragedy struck at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife,  Osun State, on Friday, when a student of the institution identified as Opeyemi Grace Dara committed suicide.

Sunday Tribune gathered that the student, who was in the Department of English, died after allegedly taking a substance suspected to be sniper.

Though details of the incident were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, Sunday Tribune was informed that she committed suicide as a result of her poor academic performance, allegedly having carryover in some courses.

A source in the institution told Sunday Tribune: “A student in the Department of English at OAU in Ile- Ife, Opeyemi Grace Dara, whose set finished their final year exams last semester has committed suicide by taking sniper.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident, adding that the institution would investigate the incident and make its findings public.

Olanrewaju said: “We sympathise with the parents of the deceased called Dara. We just want our students and young ones to know that depression is not a thing they should encourage no matter the situation or circumstance they find themselves.

“We want to appeal to students, particularly OAU students, to take things easy. Any child that fails can rerun the course, you can resit a course. Failure or repetition of a course or particular subject is also part of the challenges students must face.”

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Re: OAU Student Commits Suicide For Failing Exams

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : August 04, 2019, 05:12:13 PM
This is not good... Sad.

Re: OAU Student Commits Suicide For Failing Exams

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 04, 2019, 09:34:22 PM
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Though details of the incident were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, Sunday Tribune was informed that she committed suicide as a result of her poor academic performance, allegedly having carryover in some courses.

A source in the institution told Sunday Tribune: “A student in the Department of English at OAU in Ile- Ife, Opeyemi Grace Dara, whose set finished their final year exams last semester has committed suicide by taking sniper.”

This is very unfortunate, and it is time that government starts paying attention to these types of problems in schools.

Having obtained degrees both from Nigeria and outside Nigeria, I now think about things like this in informed ways.

As far as I can tell, there is no system for filing grievance or even an ombudsman facility available to students of Nigerian universities.
While studying in Nigeria, I used to assume that a lecturer had a right to score a student's assignment anyhow the lecturer wished. As a result, I witnessed a lot of cases where lecturers played God while scoring assignments.

Some very bright students who did not kowtow to the whims and caprices of some devious lecturers,ended up getting scores that never reflected their true knowledge of some courses.

Comparatively speaking though, I would say that it was "good old days" because student suicide rates were almost zero. But today, these have changed and should attract government attention.

In the US, there are offices of the Ombudsman in all universities, who provide some informal mediation and assistance in certain cases. Yet, there are still formal processes for filling grievances against lecturers who may be abusing students.
These make it less likely (it didn't eliminate it entirely though) for lecturers to abuse students through scores, making them more mindful of how they score students, to ensure fairness.

Helplessness is the main reason why students commit suicide in these types of situations.

The system should be made fair for students, and support systems should be instituted to assist students to go through the rigours of university education successfully.



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