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Official Admits Tamale Students Were Not Informed


2007-03-14 22:12:51
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The Northern Regional
Co-ordinator of the Distance Education Programme, Salifu Azidow Fuseini
has admitted that the second year post-diploma students of the University
of Cape Coast who were not allowed to write their end of semester
examination last weekend were not informed about the decision to stop
defaulting students from writing the examination.

According to him, the students were not at the centre at the time the
officials from the university announced the decision.

He was throwing more light on Times publication attributed to him that
some 170 post diploma students of the university were denied the right to
write the examination for failing to pay in full their semester fees.

Mr. Fuseini explained that it was only the first year post-diploma
business and education students who were present when the information was
given.

He said although the matter of the fees was discussed at the last meeting
with the students and the officials from the UCC, this was after the
second year students had left the centre.

The co-ordinator indicated that since the students were meeting only once
in every month, it was very difficult for the centre to have communicated
it to them.

He said he had hoped however, that the first year students would have
informed the affected students but this was apparently not done.

Mr. Fuseini described the situation as unfortunate and indicated that the
University authorities and the centre were doing everything possible to
ensure that the problem was amicably resolved.

Meanwhile, the students on their part have explained that they were always
allowed to pay part of the bill at the beginning of every year and settle
arrears at the end of the semester but this was not the case for this
semester.

They therefore wanted to know why this time round, the university
authorities took a different stand without prior information.

Awal Alhassan, one of the affected students, stressed that no first year
student told him anything about the fees, arguing that it was not even the
duty of the first year students to inform them but rather the university.

He expressed shock at the decision explaining that he was present at the
last meeting with officials from UCC where they claimed the information
was given but no such announcement was made.

source: GRi…/

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