Bayelsa students on scholarship at King’s College, Ghana, are under threat of expulsion due to the State Government’s inability to pay their school fees.
In a letter addressed to the students, Registrar of the school, Mr. Simion Isekpo, had threatened to expel them if Bayelsa State government failed to pay their fees.
The letter reads:
“Management of the University wishes to inform all students being sponsored by the Bayelsa State Scholarship Board that should your outstanding and current fees not be paid by October 15, 2016 deadline, the university would have no choice but expel you from the university on October 16, 2016.
“Also, affected undergraduate and postgraduate students who have completed their programme would not be allowed to participate in the forthcoming convocation in November 2016.”
The affected students are said to be having a tough time over the development with the school authorities, who had in adherence to the deadline, barred them from participating in school activities, but had yet to issue a circular expelling them.
One of the affected Bayelsa students who spoke on anonymity confirmed that they have been stopped from taking part in school activities, and those living in the hostels have been asked to vacate.
He said they have been told that Governor Seriake Dickson would send a delegation to the school, so they are just hanging around in hopes as they await the Governor’s delegation.
A human rights activist, Mr. Aluzu Augustine, has expressed concerns over the student’s plight. However, a spokesman for Governor Dickson on Students’ Welfare, Mr. Owoupele Jeremiah, has confirmed that the Governor had directed that funds be released for the immediate payment of the students’ fees to enable them participate in examinations and access their certificates.
Mr. Jeremiah said the governor has given approval and directives for release of funds to quickly address the payment issues for Kings College, Lincoln and universities in the UK whose certificates are pending.
He says the board has established a well-structured payment plan to be implemented phase-by-phase which will allow the government to address them so that their certificates can be released to enable them use same for their various endeavours.