Some students of the University of Calabar, Cross River State have called out the institution’s new Vice-Chancellor, Florence Obi, for asking final-year students in some selected departments to go back to 200-level due to non-accreditation of their courses by the National Universities Commission.
The students, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told SaharaReporters that the courses have gulped millions of naira taken from their families.
They, therefore, described the VC’s decision as inhumane and inconsiderate.
The students explained that courses affected by the accreditation issue include Fine and Applied Arts, Mass Communication, and Music.
According to them, the affected courses were newly introduced during the administration of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the school, Zana Akpagu.
They alleged that the new Vice-Chancellor of the institution had personal scores to settle with the former Vice-Chancellor and that the animosity was taking a toll on students’ lives.
One of the respondents said,
“I have an issue in my school and I don’t know where it is heading to. I am a final-year student in the Fine and Applied Arts department at the University of Calabar but the Vice-Chancellor is telling us to go back to Year two so that NUC will recognise us. This is after paying school fees for four years and wasting money for materials which have so far, amounted to millions of naira. The new VC is now telling us we have to comply with this directive else we will not have a result.”
Another student described the VC’s directive as unfair, saying the issue should be reconsidered for the sake of the students.