Kwara State University Graduates Condemn School Management Over Certificate Delay
Some 2015 graduates of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, have condemned the institution’s management over its refusal to release their certificates to enable them process their clearance and mobilisation for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The students register their displeasure against the university management in separate interviews with our correspondent over the weekend in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
They also condemned the state government for not coming to their aid following several letters of appeal that were sent to the governor, AbdulFatah Ahmed, which according to them, have not yielded any positive outcome.
It was gathered that KWASU management had threatened not to release the results of the students and process their certificates until they pay a sum of N45, 000 each for the payment of hostel bed spaces which they never lived in.
This according to the management is meant to serve as a penalty for the student’s over their refusal to stay in the university acquired off-campus hostels.
The university authorities at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic session mandated all new and final year students to stay in university hostels (both on and off-campus), which goes for N45, 000 per bed space.
Many of the final year students, however, were not satisfied with the new arrangement, which led them to go for private hostels outside the school that are cheaper when compared with that of the school acquired hostels.
The students gave exorbitant rate and distance as reasons they decided not to stay in the hostels acquired by the university management.
According to one of the students who simply gave his name as Dayo, the accommodation facilities on campus are not enough for the whole of 100l students, but the desire of the school management to make outrageous profit from students forced it to acquire private hostels off-campus at a relatively low price and sub-let them to students at a higher price.
“The acquired hostels by the school management are very far from the school campus, such that students living in those hostels spend higher cost on transportation to school daily, and this is why many of us decided not to stay there,” he said.
Another student who does not want her name in print described the school’s policy as a form of exploitation, adding that they (students) will not pay for a service they never enjoyed.
“KWASU management insistence that we must pay the N45, 000 before they can process our certificates is a form of unprecedented exploitation, injustice and sheer wickedness. How can they expect us to pay for bed spaces we did not make use of while in school,” she stressed.
She added, “We consider the illegal payment as dubious and probably a means for the university authorities to pay its staff that we learnt are being owed two months’ salary. If the State government cannot fund the school anymore, they rather privatize it than turning it to an exploitation ground.”
The university authorities have, however, denied allegation of extorting the students, stressing that the policy was introduced for the benefits of the students. This was contained in a statement released by the management, which reads in part:
“Kwasu neither extorts nor compels all students to stay in university accommodation. However, it has made hostel accommodation mandatory for fresh and final year students for their own benefits. For example, fresh students are placed in accommodation where they can be monitored and introduced to Kwasu culture.
“It is equally compulsory for the final year students because that is the year they graduate from the university when they need to face their studies more seriously. When in supervised university accommodation, they can have more time for their studies and perform better than leaving them to their own devices.”
“However, if any of the students has a genuine reason for staying out of a university controlled accommodation, such a student is expected to pick up an exemption form as students with genuine reason could be exempted. This is the university position and had been so since last session.”