A cloud of uncertainty surrounds over twenty students pursing Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies (BACCS) at Chancellor College, following management’s decision that they should repeat classes next year.
While authorities say the decision has been arrived at due to the students’ poor performance, the learners, who joined the institution as mature entry students, claim they been withdrawn for failing to settle fees balances on time.
And despite settling the balances, the students (in third and fourth year), also claim that they have been denied access to their end of year examination results and have been advised to return to the college next year.
“This development has irked the students who wonder where the college has adopted this new stance whilst the norm has been to withhold results until one pays for the outstanding balance,” said concerned students in a letter to the College’s Principal which Nation Online has seen.
But in an interview, University of Malawi Assistant Registrar (Communication and marketing) Peter Mitunda said the students have been asked to repeat classes due to ‘general poor performance.’
He said the students did not even qualify for supplementary exams ‘because they performed poorly and some even withdrew on their own’.
“It was only the generosity of the college that they have been given a chance to repeat the classes otherwise they could have been permanently withdrawn,” said Mitunda.
However, Chancellor College Student’s Union president Frank Chidampamba said it was unfortunate that they were told of the matter at an eleventh hour.
Chidampamba said the union is planning to meet College authorities and discuss with them if they can reconsider the affected third and fourth year students.