Two students of the Yaba College of Technology Shukurah Omowunmi Aweda and Lateefah Opeyemi has threatened to take the school to the court of law, following the withdrawal of their admissions weeks after being duly admitted and tuition paid by the duo, citing the reason for the decision as an error.
Lateefah Opeyemi stated that she resigned from her job to study for the HND not wanting any distraction to her studies. “I was devastated after Mr. Olowolagba told me that my admission had been withdrawn,” she said.
She continued: “The school has been totally indifferent to our plight despite our pleas. We suspect foul play, because the school waited until we paid our tuition fees before turning around to withdraw our admission.
The other affected applicant, Shukurah Omowunmi Aweda, said: “I applied for HND in Marketing after completing my ND at the Kwara State Polytechnic (KWARA POLY). I was issued a clearance note after proper screening by the academic board. A few weeks after I resumed, a management staff called Mr. Olowolagba came to my class and told me to stop going for lectures on the ground that my admission was offered in error.”
“I approached the department office for clarification. The Head of Department’s response was unfavourable. All these came after I had paid N60,000 fee into the school account. I wondered why they made us pay the fee when they knew they would withdraw the admission. It looked like a fraud to me. The Ministry of Education must investigate this injustice.”
Their counsel, Mr Mobolaji Adejumo, wrote to the school management, urging them to rescind the decision withdrawing the applicants’ admission.
According to the letter, dated July 24: “Our clients were offered admission to study Marketing (full time) at your prestigious institution, following the successful completion of Ordinary National Diploma (ND) in Public Administration at the Kwara State Polytechnic in Ilorin. Their admission raises a presumption that they are fit to study at your polytechnic.”
“They were screened and cleared by the central screening committee of the polytechnic and thereafter they were issued matric numbers. After the clearance exercise, our clients were issued a document to the effect that they satisfied basic requirements for their course of study and subsequently advised to proceed online and print payment advice, after which school fees totaling N36, 500 for each student were paid and they were also made to pay another N6,000 ‘regularisation fee’, which is said to be a fee paid to the polytechnic for those whom the polytechnic admitted on its own for onward transmission of their data to JAMB; acceptance fee of N11,500 was also paid to the school.”
Adejumo said his clients would not hesitate to seek redress in court if the school management did not reverse the decision.
The school management, in a letter signed by the Head of General Administration and Legal Matters, Funmi Dada, responded and said the applicants were cleared in error.
According to the school: “As regards the above-mentioned students, it was discovered upon further assessment that both students were cleared in error during the screening exercise. I have been directed to convey regret that your clients have been cleared in error. Accept the best wishes of the Rector.”
The applicants originally received letters from the management offering them admission for Higher National Diploma (HND) in the Department of Marketing in the 2015/2016 session. Prior to getting their admission letters, both applicants appeared before a screening panel, which issued them clearance certificates and matriculation numbers F/HD/15/3650012 and F/HD/15/3650026.
Weeks after resuming for studies, the school authorities withdrew their admission and barred them from going for lectures.