By Mumini Abdulkareem
Scores of students of the Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete,
running the KWASU Top-Up degree and HND conversion program have
alleged that the Institute for Professional Studies (IPS) has failed
to resolve the technical challenges it claimed was facing the school
over its registration portal for hitch free registration.
To this end, they have called on the university authority to come to
their aid following inability to register for their courses on the
institution’s portal since last semester.
An engineering student who gave his name as Taiwo Muritala alleged
that the Director of IPS, one Dr Mubaraq Sanni mobilised all the
students in the six affected colleges which consist over 20
departments to do manual registration last semester at the eve of the
examination with an assurance that the portal will soon be rectified.
Taiwo however lamented that with about a week to the commencement of
another examination, KWASU has not been able to find lasting solution
to the portal issue.
Another student from School of Humanities, Mrs Ruth Ajibade expressed
concern that about three weeks ago, Dr Sanni came to their class
during lectures to announce that the portal has started working with a
warning that any student who failed to register last semester and the
present semester courses will have his or herself to blame only for
the students to discover that the portal has not been rectified.
She said that the issue has been reported to the course coordinator
who gave assurance over two weeks ago that it will be sorted out but
there have been no positive development since then.
The duo of Garba Maiyaki and Nda Baba-Saliu, said the management of
KWASU appeared to have turned deaf ears to the plight of hundreds of
students affected by the breakdown of the portal as the Director is
nowhere to be found in less than 10 days to the examination, noting
that their two years of studies is in jeopardy with the attitude of
the management of the institution.
According to Maiyaki, “I remember that last semester, we did manual
registration and Dr Sanni promised us that they will soon rectify the
portal. About two weeks after resumption he came to our class that the
portal is working but when we tried to log in, it was not forthcoming.
In fact, we were not able to do anything, we told our Course
Coordinator but it is like the man is helpless too,” he noted.
Maiyaki said he came all the way from the North east to run the
program in view of the goodwill KWASU has over the years but
regrettably the situation is taking an ugly dimension.
Cross section of students decried how KWASU management has refused to
fix the portal problem for the Top-Up and HND conversion program which
according to them has been down for over three months.
They alleged that the school is only interested in making money
because they paid online and wondered why they could not register for
the courses online. They added that they were made to pay for the
forms used for the manual course registration last semester.
Efforts to speak with the Director of IPS, Dr Mubaraq Sanni proved
abortive last night as he ignored several calls and text message sent
to him on the issue.
Also, call to the Hajia Hameedat Yusuf Suleiman of the Public
Relations Unit last night, rang out. Response to a text message sent
to her was still being awaited before this paper went to bed.
Meanwhile, the Top-Up and HND conversion students are expected to
start their examinations on the 15th of November with students in over
20 departments yet to register the courses online.