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Protesting students mar UWI exams

Published:Monday | April 30, 2012 | 9:34 AM

The morning session of first day of exams at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona was called off a short while ago after protesting students stormed the massive tent in which the examinations were being held.

The students are demonstrating against a decision by the administration to bar those with unpaid fees from sitting final exams this semester.

Police had to be called to quell the situation.

It is understood that about 1600 students have been affected by the administration’s decision.

This morning the students began the protest at the entrance to the campus before moving to the exam centre.

Last week, the UWI administration issued an advisory, informing students that they will be required to take to each exam, a copy of their examination card issued by e-mail by the University Registrar.

It further said where the cards indicate that students have not registered for the courses or if they are in arrears of $30,000 or more, they will be barred from sitting the exams.

This means they will automatically get a failing grade for the course.

But the Guild says students should at least be able to do the examinations for the courses that their payments have covered.

It says where there are still arrears the students should not receive a failing grade on the records since they would have been regarded as not having registered for course.

The Guild says since the beginning of this Semester, students in arrears have not been allowed to access the online academic portal or the Library; to submit their assignments; or to vote in the Guild elections.

Recently a group of students protested at the Mona campus of the UWI claiming that they were being unfairly treated because their fees were in arrears.