Rivers varsity bars final year students from exams hall over fees


Rivers State University, RSU

By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Hundreds of final year students among others of Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, were stranded on Monday as they were shutout from taking their second semester Examinations with the commencement of “No Fees, No Examination’ policy of the institution.

Some of the students were seen standing outside the halls lamenting their fate as they watched their fellow students write their examinations.

Few of them who spoke almost in tears said they had pleaded with the University management to allow them write their final year examinations because there was no way they can get their clearance and enroll for the National Youth Service Corps ,NYSC, without paying their fees.

Another final student pointed: “We are standing outside because we were not allowed to write our final year Examinations. We pleaded with them to allow us because we’ll still come back in a few weeks time for our clearance. This is will an automatic carry over t next year. It’s going to be double punishment, because because we’ll pay for this whole year fees and also pay for next year’s school fees and carry over our course”.

Another final student said: “We pleaded that they should allow because of the prevailing hardships in country but they refused.”

The University management had announced a ‘No school fees, no exams’ policy on October 14, and shifted the Examinations for one week to enable students settle their fees.

But investigations showed that students in their thousands are yet to pay school fees or register for their courses. With the new policy, they will be affected by the policy.

This new policy has been met with a backlash from students who have taken to the social media to criticize it.

According to Iwor Romgbo: “The Student Union Government, SUG ,of the University and National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS) RSU and NEC should take every step including protest to stop the implementation of the “No school fees, no exams policy” in the University.

“The school is owned by our all Rivers people, that policy must not work in a public institution.”

Iheanyi Victor Amadi:“As a former President of students’ Union Government, I call on the visitor to the Rivers State University Governor Nyesom Wike to call the Vice Chancellor to order and jettison the “No school fees, no exam policy” of the school. We all witnessed the outcome of such policy in the UNIPORT and we do not want a repeat of such in RSU.”

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