Hundreds of students of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, took to the streets on Tuesday, protesting the no fees, no exam policy allegedly adopted by the school authority.
The students marched out of the campus located at the Mile 3 area of the metropolis, singing and calling on the school to rescind it’s decision.
It was gathered that some students, including those in final year who were unable to pay the 2021/2022 school fees were not barred from taking their examinations on Monday, as most of those affected expressed sadness over the development.
The affected final year students expressed fears that the decision of the institution’s management would make them spend an extra year in the school, with the resultant tuition fees it would also attract.
The students marched from the Mile 3 area to Ikwerre road and terminated the march at the Government House, along Azikiwe Road in Port Harcourt to register their grievances.
One of them and President, National Union of Rivers State Students, Monmon Precious, said the delay in the payment was not deliberate but was rather due to the economy. The student appealed to the school authority to reconsider its stance.
“The students came out today to protest against an alien policy of “no school fees, no examination.
“It is not deliberate for us not to pay our tuition fees, the economy is very difficult. If it is difficult for government to fund projects, certainly, the students will also have challenges in paying school fees.
“Our bursaries (stipend) has been withheld, no more scholarship in Rivers State. All we want is the old policy that allows students to take their exams and maybe their results would be withheld during clearance until they make all the payments,” he said.