By Gabe Inyang
Students of the Cross River University of Technology , CRUTECH have urged the management immediately conduct summer examination to enable graduating students who failed some of their courses to re-seat before this years’ October and November NYSC mobilization.
The students maintained that the non-inclusion of summer examination in the curriculum of the university has dealt a heavy blow on the students, as most students have spent over seven years in the institution.
The students lamented that most of them in a bid to obtain their degree certificates have developed ailments and died as a result of the huge burden brought to bear on them while trying to scale the hurdles.
In a letter signed by Ema-Obong Florence, Paul Effiong, and Godwin Ucheikechukwu from the four campuses and addressed to the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Owan Eno, and the Chairman of the Governing Council, the students noted that among the various universities in the South-South region of the country, it was only CRUTECH that does not organize summer examination for its students.
It stated “With grave concern, we the students of this noble institution hereby request for the setting up of summer examination in CRUTECH, to enable graduating students who failed at most three courses in their course of study to re-seat before November NYSC mobilization. We have decided to express our plight formally as learned minds hoping that you would look into our request with immediate alacrity. we are no longer comfortable with the policy of spending an extra year for one or two carryovers.
“We are writing this letter because we know that it is our right to express our plight through any medium and we want the issue addressed immediately for the fact that we failed one or two courses does not mean that we are not intelligent. To put it succinctly, most of us have never had a carry over until we got to final year.
“Sir, we are elated by your development agenda and giant strides which you have recorded within this short period of your stay in CRUTECH, but we are forced to say that we regret ever schooling in CRUTECH because the university has brought us pain.
“Our request is hinged on the fact that the cost of living in our various campuses is very high, most of us have taken into doing menial jobs to etch a living and also pay the high cost of rents.
“We therefore, request you to give directive to all Deans of Faculties to allow those who have at most three carry-overs to re-seat those courses before November just as other Universities have done. We are ready to pay the required fee.” The statement concluded.
When CrossRiverWatch contacted a management staff of the University who did not want to be named, he simply said, “I am not even sure that the letter they are talking about has gotten to the VC but if it has, I am sure that the students will get a feedback. I am not authorized to speak on the matter please.”
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