The President of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS) Felix Koroma has said NUSS shall be advocating for a reduced punishment on some students punished by the University.
The University has expelled eight students from Fourah Bay College, rusticating four for three years, withholding the results of two and denying accommodation to eleven other students for offences of student disturbances.
The NUSS President yesterday spoke to Awoko in a telephone interview that he had met with all the Excellencies from the constituent colleges’ where they took the decision to recommend to the University for a more lenient punishment on the already punished students.
He said he had met the affected students also where he asked them whether they would appeal against their punishment. He said he was told by the students that they were not going to appeal as it is going to be the same University officials that will sit on their appeal.
Felix Koroma however stated that the University should have taken in to consideration the Millennium Development Goals on Education before handing down punishment on the students. He thus said most of what the students were found wanting for were for damages done on College property which are easy to repair and for which the students should have been fined.
Most students spoken to have observed that the actions taken by the University on the students were harsh but preferred other punishments rather than what was handed down to those expelled and rusticated.
By Ishmael Bayoh