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UTech students want one-year delay of new registration policy

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 6:49 PM
Under the new registration plan, which was announced last week, new students and those benefiting from the SLB should pay $20,000 while others must pay $50,000 in order to register for their courses.

The body representing students at the University of Technology (UTech) has asked the administration to delay by a year, the implementation of a contentious registration system.

UTech is to respond to the request soon.

President of the UTech Students’ Union, Darrian McGhann, says he made the proposal during a meeting today with university officials. 

McGhann says the Union has asked that the system, which demands students pay part of their tuition before being allowed to enroll in classes, be delayed until the 2016-2017 school year. 

He says this would allow for some of the problems which have developed to be addressed and for students to be properly informed about how the system works. 

 

President of the UTech Students’ Union, Darrian McGhann

Yesterday, UTech’s registrar, Dr Elaine Wallace told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the university will not change its registration policy, although special considerations were being made for certain groups of students.

In the meantime, the UTech student leader agrees that a new registration policy is needed because in the past some students selected courses yet failed to pay the required fees which prevented other students from enrolling in these classes.

But McGhann says the university has accepted that based on the structure of the new system, students who pay the mandatory fee will still not be guaranteed their space in a course. 

Under the new registration plan, which was announced last week, new students and those benefiting from the SLB should pay $20,000 while others must pay $50,000 in order to register for their courses.