SEVENTEEN students from the privately-owned Lusaka Institute of Applied Sciences will not write their final clinical medicine and registered nursing examinations for failure to settle school fees in full.
According to a letter of suspension given to the 17 students, the school has decided to withdraw the students from school and from writing their final examinations which starts today because they did not complete paying for the third year.
“Your right to continue training at this institute as a registered nurse or clinical medicine student has been withdrawn basing on your non-payment of tuition fees for the 3rd academic year.
‘‘Your re-registration on this college will be dependent at your settling of the total bill on your account. Pass through the accounts department to collect the invoice,” the letter issued on Friday last week stated.
In an interview yesterday, school proprietor Brighton Chellah accused the affected students of blackmailing the institution by rushing to the media.
Mr. Chellah said the affected students were supposed to complete paying for their tuition fees before paying for examinations.
“If they are trying to blackmail the school by going to the media or your newspaper, let them go ahead. The rules are that they must pay what they owe the school before they sit for their examinations,” said Mr. Chellah.
He explained that several reminders had been sent to the affected students since September this year but no commitment was made to ensure that school fees were settled before the examinations could commerce.
But when reminded that the affected students had shown commitment by making partial payment of money owed to the institute, Mr. Chellah said all the school administration wanted was the money to be paid in full.
Parents of the affected students have described the action by Mr. Chellah as heartless, adding that the decision was irrational.
“All we are saying and asking for is to allow our children to sit for the exams and we shall pay what we owe the school. For instance most of these students owe the school less than K3,000,” said one of the parents who did not want to be named.