79 students drag Methodist Univ, Ministry to court

Seventy nine students withdrawn by the Methodist University have taken a class action in court against the National Accreditation Board, the Ministry of Education and the University.

They are asking the Human Rights Court to declare their withdrawal as illegal and a violation on their rights to education.

The students were withdrawn because of deficiency in grades but they claim the action by the National Accreditation Board which was enforced by the university is wrong.

The students claim they satisfied all admission requirements before gaining admission into the university.

In a writ, a copy of which was intercepted by Joy News, the petitioners presented exhibits including adverts inviting applications into the institution all to back their claim that they satisfied all requirements before being admitted into the university.

Counsel for the petitioners, Gary Nimako Marfo told Joy News he resorted to the court because the university as well as the National Accreditation Board (NAB) were intransigent in their bid to dismiss the students from the university.

He also made reference to exhibits of the NAB, certifying the adverts which were published in the newspapers.

He argued having certified those adverts as requirements based on which the students were admitted; NAB cannot turn around and unjustly withdraw the students.

He is praying the court to allow the students to return to school and a perpetual injunction placed on the powers of the NAB and Education Ministry as well as the Attorney General to withdraw the students.

Nimako Marfo will not accept the explanation that NAB had revised its admission policy which makes it impossible for students with deficient grades to enter into the university.

He said any such revision must not take retrospective effect.

But the Education Ministry has expressed surprise about the students’ action.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Paul Krampah, the sector Minister had amicably resolved the issue after setting a committee to look into the withdrawal.

He said the students were asked to re-sit the papers they failed at the WASSCE level at no cost to them as part of solution to the problem.

He was therefore shocked that the students have now dragged the Ministry as well as NAB and the university to court.