Eleven undergraduate students of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) were reported to have fainted while writing their examination on Friday.
This is just as the management of the institution has come out to debunk some online social media reports claiming that one of the students who fainted had died.
Some sources in the institution made it known that stampede occurred due to over population of students waiting to write their second semester examination at the school’s CBT centre.
Eye witnesses described the incident as administrative problem on the part of the school authority.
It was revealed that the 300-capacity CBT centre became inadequate for over 800 students in Education, Agric and Chemistry Departments, resulting into stampede caused by rushing.
Mr Kunle Akogun, Director of Corporate Affairs of UNILORIN, however, made it known that the “mischievous rumour currently trending on campus, no student died during the sad incident at the CBT centre on Friday.
“It is true that some students fainted as a result of exhaustion during a mild stampede at the CBT exam venue due to impatience on the part of some students who, in a bid to get into the hall ahead of others, began to push their ways through.
“This got about ten of their colleagues with less stamina to faint. They were promptly taken to the school clinic for treatment.
“Four of them were discharged immediately to continue writing their exams, six of them were kept for observation out of whom four were later discharged in the evening of Friday while the remaining two have been discharged on Saturday morning.
“While regretting the unfortunate incident on Friday, the university management hereby appeal to our ever aticulate students to always exercise patience while waiting to enter examination halls, especially for CBT exams.
“The CBT exams have been meticulously re-scheduled and adequate arrangements made to ensure that every student takes his or her examination without hindrance. So, there is really no reason for rushing,” Akogun stated.
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