Tuition Fee: Ondo Poly Students Denied Access To Exam Hall
The reality of increment in the tuition fees of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State has obviously dawned on the students and their parents.
The exams have started but not all the students are writing it.
Despite the promise made by the state government on allowing part payment, many of the students were denied access to the examination hall.
The school management had on Monday enforced the 'no pay, no examination policy' for the conduct of the first semester examination for the National Diploma students of the institution.
Some of the students who saw the policy as a shallow threat were disappointed at the school main entrance.
Those who managed to complete their payment were thoroughly checked in the full glare of security agents before entering into the school compound.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Engineer Idowu Ologunagba said the policy is to make sure that the students have a smooth examination.
“We are only sure of those students that have paid their school fees and are in the exam hall writing their examination or those that have made their payment, to be bonafied students in the campus.
"Nobody would be allowed to write their exams without payment of school fees. Management has given a good time range for the payment to be made."
The management action has generated furious criticism from both the students and some of their parents.
One of the students who was turned back at the school gate expressed disappointment at the management's action.
"I have made 60% payment already. Does it mean I will have to come back for a whole semester course?
"The management didn't tell us they won't allow us to write exams if we didn't pay everything.
"They gave us the privilege of paying twice. Where do they expect us or our parents to raise that kind of money in this present economy?"
Another ND 2 student from the Mass communication department said he would run around to see if he could raise his school fees balance.
"Thank God it is the first week of exam. I will see if i could still rally round and raise the money before the week runs out, so I wouldn't have to lose everything.
"If I knew they would not allow us in, I would have found a way around it before now. But I think it is bad for the management and the state government to deal with us this way. It is quite unfair."
A parent, Mr. Soji Olagunjun said he has been approaching friends and relatives to raise his daughter's fees for the past two days.
"We thought they would still allow them to write this exam since part of the money had already been paid.
"My daughter is in ND 2, Accounting department and she had paid about 70% of the total school fees already.
"I wonder why they can't allow her write the exam. As I'm talking to you right now, I have approached about five people trying to get loan.
"Times are hard everywhere and this is what our government does not understand. They are not considering the masses at all and it's very bad."
The Dean of Students Affairs, Dr Ben Opawale said the institution had made adequate preparation for the students to come and write their examinations without any stress as long as they have met the demands of the school.
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