In higher institutions, where cooking is not acceptable, I believe that a campus cafeteria that provides students with all the food they would possibly like should be in place. The reason is that it would mean that they have to eat out which can be said to be quite expensive compared to when the food is cooked by them.
Besides, the food is sometimes not cooked to their satisfaction neither do they get to eat to their fill causing them to spend more. While this rule might favour those that do not know how to cook or like to cook, it affects those with a prior knowledge of cooking making some of them lose interest in their culinary skills with time except those keen about it. I believe as a student in a higher institution, there should be some level of freedom, so, why should I not be allowed to cook while I am there?
Following research, it could be said that this situation is much more prevalent in private universities. Almost 80% of private universities apply this rule. However, there are exceptions as there are some of them that permit it. An example of this exception is Oduduwa University in Ile-Ife where they are allowed to cook by the corridors but not inside their rooms; it is fair enough. Hence, the rule cannot be generalized. But in most public institutions, cooking is permitted.
A graduate of Bowen when asked the question said that she does not know the exact reasons why they are not allowed to cook but she feels it is for the safety of its students. An anonymous student from a private university said that due to the policy of the school on cooking, they are restricted but some of them boil water with their electric kettles and use it to make noodles and eba while soup is bought from one of the cafeterias on campus. Sometimes, they end up making an undercooked noodle due to the process used in preparing it. Another experience shared by another student is how she and her friends toast bread, “we wrap the bread in a paper and then press it down with a hot iron.”
But what happens in cases whereby the food served by the campus cafeteria is not what the students want to eat, or probably what they crave is not available on the menu, what do they do? Don’t you think students should be allowed to make their choice while the school authority can regulate the cooking activities? What do you think the school can do to ensure that the food is safe enough for them?
Moving forward, what do you think of the situation? Do you it is right?