It is unfortunate that universities in the Third World have been provoked into copying the leisurely approach of their counterparts in the industrialised countries. The argument that staff need the time for research may be valid in the case of some; however, observation suggests that the summer months are used by many for lucrative consultancies and lecture engagements.
As to the students, many in the Third World find the long vacation a time of inactivity and stagnation, having neither money nor amenities to fill the time with relevant and exciting activities. Maybe these conditions now apply also to students here.
E. K. TOWNSEND-COLES
24 SeptemberReuse content