A judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Justice Sule Hassan, has given a directive for the University of Lagos, UNULAG, to reinstate the first year medical students of the school into the university’s College of Medicine. This order was given after the undergraduate students of the Faculty of Medicine who were about 31 in number, dragged the institution to court over an arbitrary upward review of the academic requirements into the College of Medicine by the Senate of the school.
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The resolution of the Senate altered the initial conditions the 2014/2015 medical students were expected to fulfill in order to move on to their second year, as they introduced the new academic qualifications in the middle of the institution’s academic calendar, thereby suddenly making them unqualified to study the courses they were already admitted to read. According to the new rules, the institution removed the students from the departments where they had originally studied in their first year and placed them in entirely different ones.
Delivering the ruling, Justice Sule Hassan issued an order for the university to continue working with the former academic requirements, pending the resolution of the matter. The judge adjourned the matter till April 1. According to the students, they were given admission into the school, to study Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Physiology and Radiography following their success in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation, Examination, UTME and the post-UTME organised by the university.
The angry students through their lawyer, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, accused the institution of raising the academic requirement for studying the course in order to create enough room to accommodate diploma students who they claim paid N500,000 to the University of Lagos College of Medicine. According to the students:
“It was for the purpose of creating admission spaces for foundational course students who are given (or more appropriately sold) admission into the MBBS and other medical programmes upon participating in a one-year programme organised by a Joint Unified Preliminary Examination Board for which they paid to the university a minimum total fee of N400,000 per session.”
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