About 92 admission seekers are groaning in anguish and traumatized that their admission into the Lagos State University, LASU has been short-lived.
As if this is not enough, the loss of nonrefundable payments is also leaving sour taste in the mouths of the applicants who said they were never notified before the decision was made.
According to a report by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, FIJ, an 18 year old applicant under a pseudo name Janet Akanbi was offered provisional admission to study Islamic and Common Law at the LASU and seven months down the line, she has been told to either change the course or loose the admission.
Janet who had been offered admission through LASU’s website in December 2020 has paid half of the tuition fee and the medical fee which had totalled ₦105,000.
She also noted that 91 other students are also affected and this has led to nothing less than ₦9,660,000 for the nonrefundable amount.
Further calculations reveals that the university had collected a total of ₦9,660,000 from these applicants in the name of non-refundable fees.
The bizarre moment for Janet however was when she was unable to print her admission letter from JAMB which is a criteria for registration and all efforts were fruitless as she thought JAMB’s portal was responsible hoping it would be resolved but nothing changed for good for months.
“I refreshed the page several times but nothing changed. I also noticed that my status reflected ‘Not Admitted’. While this was going on, other incoming students offered similar admissions were able to print their admission letters and had started the registration process.”
When she heard that the school would start registration by August 2nd,she was agitated and had to visit the admissions office with her mother to know her fate.
Surprisingly, an officer confirmed her initial admission from the records but noted that the school had admitted more than the required number of students for the programme in the academic year and she was advised to change her course else her admission would be forfeited.
“It is very unfair that the school would hold on to such a huge decision for so long without carrying prospective students that fall into that category along. There was no official information whatsoever on their website. Why would they give us joy only to snatch it from us and replace it with misery?”
To clarify the situation and get headway, calls made to the contact numbers on the Lagos State University, LASU, website by FIJ were not answered nor returned.