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Benue varsity shut as students protest new CGPA grading

Timothy Agbo

The authorities of Benue State University on Monday shut the institution and asked students to vacate the campus latest 4:00 p.m.

In a statement issued by the Registrar of the University, Dr Mfaga Modom, the university said that the closure was necessary to avoid breakdown of law and order in and around the campus.

The closure followed the protest embarked  by the students against the five Point Grading System.

The students as early as 6.00 a.m. blocked the two gates of the university located along the busy Makurdi/Gboko Highway.

The students were seen singing and calling on the university management to reverse the policy on grading system to the old practice of calculating Cumulative Grade Point Average.

To avoid breakdown of facilities on the campus, armed security personnel, comprising Police, Civil Defence and DSS were drafted to the campus.

Some students who spoke on grounds of anonmity said the University management began the implementation of the new grades without notifying the students.

They alleged that the school wanted to implement the policy mainly to victimize some students whom they think are brilliant but are not in the good books of some lecturers, revealing that already 150 of such students had been pencilled down to recalculate their point grade based on the new arrangement.

Two weeks ago, the students held a peaceful protest over the poor treatment of their student union president who was shot by unknown gunmen.

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