Increased course fee among ‘unsolved problems’ – Open University Students’ Collective

Increased course fee among ‘unsolved problems’ – Open University Students’ Collective

Increased course fee among ‘unsolved problems’ – Open University Students’ Collective

Written by Staff Writer

31 Mar, 2015 | 6:56 am

The Open University Student Collective says that student problems in the university have not yet been resolved.

Convener of the Collective, Amil Sandaruwan says that the recent increase in the course fee is not justifiable.

Secretary of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association Dr. Harini Amarasuriya says that several officials of the University Grants Commission including the chairman were informed of the problems faced by the students.

Meanwhile, Secretary of FUTA Dr. Harini Amarasuriya stated that FUTA too requested that this issue be resolved as it has been around 30 days since the students began their Satagraha Campaign. Dr. Amarasuriya stated that this is because students charged that the course fee of certain subjects were increased by about 110% while some were increased by 60 to 65%.

They also stated that the increase is not justifiable and requested that the fee be brought down to a fair rate. The students’ second demand is to hold an election to appoint student unions. Meanwhile, Chairman of UGC Prof. Mohan De Silva stated thus:

We attended a discussion with regard to the problems of these students. This was attended by the vice chancellor of the university, members of the lecturer association, student representatives and  several members of the UGC, including myself, attended the meeting.

Further, he added:

At the meeting we did arrive at an agreement to resolve the issue faced by the students. What we realised at the meeting was that there is a communication breakdown between lecturers and students. This has led to most of the problems. Also, after discussion we came to an agreement to follow a certain procedure which will give some direction. We hope to resolve this matter.

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