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USP Students Threaten To Protest Over Account Row

Angry University of the South Pacific students said they were not satisfied with management’s response to their grievances about account de-registration. They said they would protest today if all their
19 Oct 2016 11:00
USP Students Threaten To Protest Over Account Row
USP

Angry University of the South Pacific students said they were not satisfied with management’s response to their grievances about account de-registration.

They said they would protest today if all their grievances are not met.

Last night they vented their anger against the USP Students Association which had been meeting management on their behalf.

“We are just frustrated about this last minute decision by the university as we just got the email last Friday about it and we were told to pay by Monday,” said a concerned student.

Students had been told that their accounts would be deregistered if they failed to pay their general service fees and other fees.

Frustrated students who spoke to Fiji Sun were concerned about assignments due, modules, and preparation for final exams in two weeks.

USPSA president, Martin David, said complaints had come from students regarding the situation.

“My advice to students affected by this is not to take to social media about it and to voice their concerns following the proper channels,” said Mr David.

In a press release yesterday afternoon, USP stated the decision to deregister students who had not paid all fees in full from October 17, 2016, was a unanimous decision by the USP Senate.

It addresses a growing problem with private student debt, two thirds of which is from outside Fiji. The university will not de-register students whose fees are not yet paid by sponsors or through Fiji’s TELS loan scheme,”  the statement said.

Edited by Maraia Vula



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