The acting director of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), Dr Claudius Bert-Williams, Friday heeded to demands from students at the institute. The students had at a meeting with the director threatened to go on the rampage if actions were not taken on certain issues affecting their welfare.
At a general meeting by the students’ body on that day it was resolved that the college administration legitimized the interim students’ union, reduce fees for all courses and defer the date for the exams to the usual university calendar. The students argued that government had announced that there should be no increment in fees contrary to what the administration had done, and to allow students write their exams and pay their fees later.
They explained that the date for the exams was brought to December 10 rather than to January-February which they said was not the stipulated time table for the first semester exams at the university. They also stressed for the students’ union elections to be held in May 2008 and the present interim executive be legitimized till elections. The students threatened that if their concerns were not met on that day they would boycott classes, and that they would match to State House and to the education minister to vent out their grievances; and that if the interim executive was not legitimized they would move a motion that “No S.U committee, No Ag IPAM Director”. They also resolved that, “we are going to on a rampage on Monday 26 and will inform the general public about our stresses at IPAM which are caused by the Vice Chancellor and the Ag Director” Dr Bert-Williams conceded that the date for the exams would be shifted to January-February rather than December. But he raised the concern that shifting the exams would delay the production of results. “But if you want it shifted it affects you,” he warned. About the reduction of the fees, he said he did not have the power to reduce them as he had to consult with the Vice Chancellor and promised to communicate to the students today. He said the college had allowed some students to write their exams and pay later which had amounted to Le300m as arrears owed by the students. Dr Bert-Williams came to terms with the students to recognize the interim students’ executive till elections in May 2008. The interim students’ union president, Joseph Kosia, called on his colleagues to be patience with the Ag director, and promised to hold talks with the administration and the Vice Chancellor till today and that if their demands were not met they would go on the rampage.