So today is November 30th and that means that today is the 24th day of this strike. It also means that there are only 23 more days until December 23rd, which is the last possible date before January the University is permitted to hold academic activity. I should not speculate here but I know that many of you are looking for some guidance or information for plans you have scheduled for December that were planned around the ‘original’ exam schedule. I will say that it is highly unlikely that we will be back in class this coming week. The meeting fell apart because the parties are just too far apart. Even if they had agreed to something on Saturday that would have required a Union GMM on Monday to ratify it, then the University would have to ratify the agreement as well and then there would have to be some sort of grace period given to students to restart school. That was the best possible outcome. However, we are very far away from that right now.
That said, now consider that today is day 24 of this strike and there are only 23 more days until the 23rd of December and that this week is most likely (99.99%) a write off. The University will have to make up 24 (plus this week coming up = 31 days) days of lost classes in 16 days (23 days minus 7 days for this week coming up). Note that these figures include weekends which I believe they cannot hold classes for religious observances – so the amount of time is further reduced for remedial classes. It does not look like there is sufficient time to catch up with classes and hold exams before December 23rd. The window is closing so to speak.
I worked this out a few days ago and told my parents to include me in their vacation leaving the 22nd. I thought I would share this with you since it is the 24th and sort of a significant day for the duration of this strike and perhaps will help settle some of your minds.
If you have tickets booked that cannot be cancelled, and even if we do get back to classes before the 23rd, I am sure a couple days of missed classes won’t hurt. It certainly wouldn’t hurt as much as losing a $1000 plane ticket!
Like I said, this is only my prediction and although I do consider it a safe and educated one do not mark my words on this. Anything could happen and I am certainly no crystal ball.
Note: I am not responsible for losses or damages caused by any use of the above information. They are personal opinion only.