By Emeka Odogwu
OWERRI— AUTHORITIES of Imo State University Owerri, IMSU, yesterday barred students from writing their examinations for failure to pay school fees. Even indigenes enjoying free education were barred.
This is in contrast to the offer of total free education claims of the Governor Rochas Okorocha led administration for every Imo person in any of the state owned schools.
Vanguard gathered that at the commencement of examination at the Imo state University on Monday, undergraduates of Imo state origin were dragged out of examination halls for failure to present receipts of payment.
But as at yesterday, the students were totally barred from writing the exams by the IMSU security. Some smart students collected other persons receipt and presented. Students were seen appealing to the institution’s security men to allow them entry into the examination halls in order to avoid an extra year.
Students were angry about the timing of implementing such policy as it means extra year for them. They appealed for leniency since it is a second semester examination.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Obi Njoku confirmed the exercise to newsmen but said it was for ancillary fees and not school fees as alleged by the students.
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.”