THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am writing in agreement with the government member of parliament for North West St Ann, Dr Dayton Campbell's, call for the deregistration system used by universities to be abolished.
It is not a wise move by universities and colleges to deregister students because they don't pay their fees. The students should be allowed to sit the exams and, at the end, the institutions can withhold the results until financial obligations are honoured.
While it is quite clear and understandable that institutions have their bills to pay and they have to pay for the examination papers, it makes no sense having a child completing a semester or an entire school year, doing well and, at the end, because they are faced with tough financial situations, they cannot sit their examinations.
If it is that the students really need employment at the end of their studies, they will find a way to pay their fees so they can get proof of their qualifications from the institutions. If it is that they need proof of qualifications to get employment, a system can be put in place so salary deduction can be done and institutions get what is owed to them.
Barring students from sitting their examinations will only place them in a negative light, and some might try other negative ways to make it in life.
Student Union PR Officer
Portmore Community College