Universities Odered to Recall Admission Letters Following Fees Anomalies

The National Assembly Education Committee has instructed the Ministry of Education to retract all university admission letters.

The directive was issued during a session where the committee recommended that all universities recall the issued letters due to alleged discrepancies in the fees students were expected to pay.

The controversy arose because the Ministry of Education reportedly imposed the full amount of school fees on students without considering the categories under the new funding model.

This necessitated the recall of the letters to correct the fees based on the established classifications.

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The decision was made following significant outcry from various stakeholders, including parents and students, regarding the fees indicated in the admission letters.

Ministry officials, while addressing the allegations, conceded the mistake, leading the legislators to mandate the withdrawal of the letters.

In its defence, the Ministry highlighted several issues that complicated the student categorization process.

Officials acknowledged the presence of gaps in the system, often due to inadequate information.

They explained that during the appeals process, efforts were made to engage students for additional information to better assess their status.

The new funding model, introduced by the government in May 2023, aims to support students facing financial difficulties by exempting them from paying fees to colleges and universities, including their living expenses.

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Under this model, students are categorized as vulnerable, extremely needy, needy, and less needy.

Funding allocations under this model are as follows:

  • Vulnerable and extremely needy students receive 100% funding.
  • Needy and less needy students receive 93% funding.

Universities Odered to Recall Admission Letters Following Fees Anomalies

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