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ATBU matriculates 7,158 students after Covid disruption

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi has on Friday matriculated 7,158 students into different faculties of the technology-based institution.

Speaking at the matriculation ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mohammad Abdulaziz said that newly admitted students were for two 2020 and 2021 academic sessions. He said that the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the varsity’s calendar, therefore, it is merging the two admissions.

He said that “Our admission strength usually is about 4,000 but with our inability to admit last year over the lockdown, we are now combining them to be 7,158 students. We are going into blended learning where students are divided into streams with extended hours for our lecturers.

“Like other universities in the country, we are also going into virtual learning. By next year, our students can confidently stay at home and receive their lectures,” the VC said.

Abdulaziz urged the students to be more technological driving as the priority of the institution is more of science, technology, engineering and agricultural development. He warned against activities of cultism and while urging the matriculants to abide by the Covid-19 protocol as given by the government.

The VC lamented the disruption of the university’s programmes by the virus, saying it could not open classes for a full year. He thanked the institution’s Registry for careful selection of students who were being starved of learning.




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