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YPP urges UNICROSS to review ‘No Fees No Exams’ policy

YPP urges UNICROSS to review ‘No Fees No Exams’ policy

Following the outcry of students over the economic woes facing Nigeria, the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Cross River State chapter has urged the University of Cross River State, UNICROSS (formerly CRUTECH) to review its “No Fees, No Exams” policy.

This is coming after a circular sighted by THE PARADISE NEWS last Saturday mandated the students of UNICROSS to pay their fees before exams, else, they won’t be allowed to write the 2021 first semester examination which is around the corner.

In a statement signed by Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah, Chairman, YPP, Cross River State, at the weekend, the party tasked the management of UNICROSS to immediately review the policy as it imposes financial burden on parents and students who are finding it hard this post-pandemic era.

“The attention of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Cross River State Chapter has been drawn to a circular purportedly emanating from the management of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) otherwise known as University of Cross River State reminding students of the institution to pay school fees as a condition to write the forthcoming semester exams.

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“While we note the university’s right to prescribe fees for students, we disagree completely with their stance on ‘No Fees, No Exams’. This is because the policy is not only blind to current realities but intended to impose more financial burden on our parents as well as students who are self-sponsored.

“At a time people are grappling with what to eat coupled with the pressures of the yuletide season, insisting on payment of school fees before writing exams amounts to exacerbate the already excruciating pain of our people.

“We, therefore, call on the Professor Austine Angba led management of the institution to immediately review this anti-people policy to reflect the socioeconomic mood of the state and nation by allowing students who can’t pay school fees to write their exams and pay fees later before collecting their result.

“We urge the school management to liaise with the state government to explore alternative ways of meeting her financial obligation rather than inflicting additional pains on our people.

“We equally admonish the students to be calm and to conduct themselves with decorum while they await the review of this policy”, the statement read.

THE PARADISE NEWS also learned that students of UNICROSS (CRUTECH) are owing backlogs of school fees amounting to over a billion naira.

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