The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka chapter, has rejected outright the “clock-in and clock-out” policy recently introduced for academic staff by the state government.
The rejection of the policy was contained in a statement issued on Friday and signed by the ASUU DELSU chairman and secretary, Prof Abel Diakparomre,and Dr Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri after the union’s congress that held August 6.
The statement, which was made available to Tribune Online late Friday, was directed to the state’s Commissioner for Higher Education with copies sent to the state Head of Civil Service, Chairman of DELSU Governing Council and the vice chancellor of the institution.
Tribune Online had earlier gathered that the incensed lecturers were spoiling for a showdown over what they described as crude and barbaric directive alien to global best practices in citadels of learning.
ASUU said the policy was not only unacademic, but unprecedented and a deviation from global academic norms.
The union explained that the statement was sequel to the announcement of the policy by the university’s Deputy Registrar (Establishments), Mr Emmanuel Egheneji, through a memo dated July 31.
“The said memo stated that with effect from August 1, 2018, academic staff are to“clock-in and clock-out each time they resume and close from duties.
“After an extensive deliberation, Congress resolved that the University is a creation of law, which has self-regulating provisions and that academy of the University would continue to be guided by those provisions.
“The policy of clocking-in and clocking-out is not academic, it is unprecedented, and deviates from best-practices of the global academic community,” the union stated.
The union noted that university lecturers’ preoccupation were teaching, research, and community development, and therefore members of ASUU – DELSU would continue to discharge their responsibilities with regard to their extant obligations.
It described the policy as a threat to the globally cherished non-negotiable autonomy of the university, which the union would continue to defend and uphold.
It advised the state Governor and Visitor to the university, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to see proponents of the policy as enemies and saboteurs of his government and good will.
“We reject, in its entirety, the ‘clock-in and cock-out’ policy for academic staff in Delta State University.
“ASUU – DELSU requests the Visitor to the University to use his good offices to direct those behind this application of the “clock-in clock-out policy to academic staff to refrain from it.
“This is because there is no university in the country (and possibly the world) where academics clock-in and clock-out.
“This policy will only make a mockery of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, and the entire state, before the national and global university community,” the union warned.
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