Vice chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun has stated that having first class in the university is not a child’s play. Addressing reporters at a briefing to announce activities lined up for the 22nd convocation of the institution where about 26,637 students are set to graduate, Fagbohun said the assessment process of the university is thorough, hence can only award first class to individuals that met the requirements irrespective of the number of the graduating class.
“We are not in any way working to produce a certain number of first class, we simply use our basis of assessment regularly and consistently, which is very thorough, we have different processes of quality assurance, it is what comes out of it that we present to the world. From all indications our students are qualified in character and learning and can compete on the global scale because we have succeeded in offering world class training and deepening career progression,” he said.
The convocation ceremonies, which will run for eight days would have the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Abubakar Adamu Rasheed deliver the convocation lecture, on Tuesday, May 22, under the chairmanship of the former president, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo. The award of first degrees, diploma and higher degrees will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 and 24, respectively.
Of the total number of 26,637 students, (full time and part time), 26 had first class grade; 1,084 made second class upper division; 17,323 had second class lower division; 2,940 secured third class status; while 108 had ordinary pass. The diploma programme had a total of 201 students, while 4,955 will be graduating from the postgraduate school.
Fagbohun, who also used the occasion to reel out the school’s achievements in academics, infrastructure, foreign collaborations, including outstanding performances of their students locally and internationally, expressed joy with the recent ranking of the institution as “the first among state universities in the 2018 maiden NUC OER ranking.”