Rights group, Civil Empowerment and Rule of Law Support Initiative (CERLSI), has reacted to Auchi Polytechnic expungement from admission list students who were unable to meet a two weeks ultimatum given by the school management to pay up their acceptance fees.
CERLSI, while calling on the Rector of the institution, Dr. Sanusi Jimah, to reverse his earlier decision by readmitting the affected students, also urged him to reconsider those who have paid their acceptance fees but cannot access the registration portal.
The group in a press statement titled “Payment ultimatum slapped on hapless admission seekers at the Auchi Polytechnic Auchi Edo State”, which was signed by its deputy executive director, Mr. Bob Majirioghene Etemiku, said the decision of the institution management was harsh on the parents and the students.
The statement reads in part, “We are concerned that a great many of these prospective students who have already paid their acceptance fees in full ranging from N48, 000 and above depending on their course of study are being denied registration apparently because they are unable to meet the two-week deadline for the payment of acceptance fees as stipulated on admission letters to students.
“This has already deprived these prospective students the opportunity to access the registration portal. We hereby write to establish the view of most of these parents regarding the two weeks payment ultimatum and state that the period for payment of the said acceptance fees is harsh and unfriendly, making it difficult for salary earners and the average parents to meet their obligations to their children and wards.”
CERLSI further called on the management of the institution to extend the two-week ultimatum for the payment of the acceptance fees by two months to enable prospective students pay up, adding that it will also give the would-be students who have paid their acceptance fees but whose names have been removed from the admission list to be re-enlisted.
Speaking, one of the affected students who preferred anonymity said he saw his name on the admission list portal of those admitted into the department of Estate Management on the 1st of November, and made the payment of N48, 000 on the 15th of the same month but he was surprised to find that his name was no longer on the list of prospective students.
According to him, ehen he made his complaint to the department of Management Information System (MIS), he was told that he did not make his payment within the two-week ultimatum.
In a swift reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Oshiobugie Mustapha, said the school has its own standard and that that is what it stands by.
“The Auchi polytechnic like any other tertiary institution sets its admission criteria and admits students who meet the criteria. JAMB conducts matriculation examinations, sets.”