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EDUCATION  National Open University N20,000 Re-mark Fee ‘extortion’ — Students

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[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]The students of National Open University of Niger(NOUN) have accused the school of extortion after the institution announced a N20,000 fee to remark their missing examination scripts.[/font]
[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]According to the announcement on its website, the school will set up a three man committee to re-mark the scripts after receiving the payment.[/font]
[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]“The 3 Man Committee will be made up of the Head of Unit and two other experts other than those that marked the Script initially. Re- marking shall be completed within two weeks and returned to the University Examinations Committee by the School,” the school said.[/font]
[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]The new score awarded shall be approved by the Dean of the School on behalf of the School’s Academic Board which brings it to the notice of the University Examinations Committee.”[/font]
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[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]The school, however, failed to justify the N20, 000 fee it made mandatory for the students.[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]Expressing their dismay and disappointment at the ugly development, students from centres including Community Study Centre in Awa-Ijebu, NOUN Special Study Centre for the Nigerian Army, study centres in Ibadan, Gombe, Dutse, Bauchi, Sokoto, Oyo, Osogbo and Lagos told PREMIUM TIMES that the non-release of results affect mostly students who rounded up their undergraduate programme with the institution in July 2018.[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]One of the students in Community Study Centre in Emevor, Delta States who spoke with our reporter said the withheld results have caused setbacks in the academic pursuit of intending graduates of the school.[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]“We have been on this since October. We wrote to the university as regards our withheld result. Rather than respond on necessary steps to take, we only realised that the ‘school made an announcement on its portal, an unfriendly one’. I have finished and submitted my project but could not find the result,” the student said.[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]Another student at the Osogbo Centre, Mutiu Alimi, told our correspondent that the institution refused to give reasonable reasons on why they are charging the students to re-mark their scripts.[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]“For the university not to have seen my script after writing exam sounds ridiculous. Asking Student to pay N20, 000 makes the case worse. We hope the public can help demand justice from the university.”[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]Another student, who simply identified herself as Queen, said: “the best I can think of now is how the university will listen to our plea. I don’t have any money. I followed the laid down procedure to communicate my plight. If this issue is not attended to, many of us risks extra year as the opportunity to re-register the course closed since October.”[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]A student of Computer Science at the Marina centre in Lagos said: “My result CIIT411, CIT425, CIT427 and CIT445 are not compiled. So, I have to pay N80, 000 to solve the issue. This is sad.”[/font]

[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to seek clarification on what the payment is meant for, from the University, were unsuccessful as all telephone numbers provided on the school’s portal did not go through.[/font]
[font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif][font=-apple-system, '.sfnstext-regular', 'san francisco', roboto, 'segoe ui', 'helvetica neue', 'lucida grande', sans-serif]Also, the emails sent to the university were also not replied a week after.[/font][/font]
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