- Imo State University, Owerri, is preventing students of the institution from writing examinations
- Students were barred from taking part in the examinations over failure to pay their school fees
- The school authorities, however, denied it, saying non-indigenes alone were barred over failure to pay school fees, while indigenes were barred because of ancillary fees
Students of the Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, were barred on Wednesday, July 18, by authorities from writing their examinations for failing to pay their school fees.
Indigenes enjoying free education were also barred by the authorities even though the state government had claimed to be offering free education to every Imo person in any of the state-owned schools.
At the commencement of examination on Monday, July 16, undergraduates of Imo state origin were dragged out of examination halls for not presenting receipts of payment, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the students were totally barred from writing the exams by the IMSU security on Wednesday.
In order to write the examinations, some students collected other persons' receipts and presented to the institution's security men while others pleaded with the security. The students expressed their dissatisfaction with the authorities over their actions.
The exercise was confirmed by the public relations officer of the institution, Obi Njoku, who stated that fees being collected from indigines was ancillary fees and not school fees as the students alleged.
Njoku said: "It is the non-indigenes that were prevented from sitting for their exams over non payment of school fees. The indigenes of the state were only barred from entering the examination halls over non-payment of ancillary fees and not school fees.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, said the teeming population of qualified Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applicants from the state would necessitate the creation of not fewer than 20 universities to meet the needs of university applicants.
The governor made the statement on Monday, March 26, when the founder of the Lords Chosen Church, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, paid him a visit at the government house in Owerri.
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