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Rowdy UoN students boycott exams demanding semester extension

14 April 2014, 16:07 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - A group of rowdy University of Nairobi (UoN) students disrupted exams on Monday demanding extension of semester to cover for time wasted time during the recent lecturers' strikes.

They stormed examination halls at the institution's main campus and snatched exam papers from other students who had already started writing the exam.

An official from the university's administration who sought for anonymity condemned the newly elected Chairman of Students Organization of University of Nairobi (SONU), Babu Owino for inciting students to to interrupt the examination despite being out of session.

"Babu, the second-year Law student, is out of session and has no moral ground to stop continuity of exams. Students have no right to decide when exams start because the university has its own examination calendar," said the source.

The source confirmed that there was no formal communication to administration from students regarding the call for exam postponement despite the unfortunate witnessed exam interruption.

"Most students were ready to sit for the examination and whatever mess is happening is unfortunate and not good," noted the source.

However, the source noted that despite interruptions at the Main and Parklands Campuses, more than 90% of examinations were going on well in other campuses such as Chiromo, Kikuyu and those in Kisumu.

Moreover, the official stated that the examination will still go on noting that there are some fourth-year students who are supposed to complete school by next week.

The source also noted that the administration will hold talks with student leaders to assist in calming down the rowdy students. 

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