Drama as UK University kick Nigerian students out of school, country over unpaid fees

According to the BBC, Teesside University has stated that the action taken is consistent with the immigration regulations of the United Kingdom.

The educational institution indicated that it was compelled to take this action due to the violation of visa sponsorship regulations resulting from non-payment.

It emphasized that extensive support, including tailored payment arrangements, had been offered to the impacted students.

“Teesside University is proud to be a global institution with a diverse student population but is also very aware of its visa issuance and compliance obligations.

“These strict external regulations ensure that the university fully supports a robust immigration system and are outside of the university’s control,” BBC said, quoting a university spokesperson.

In the meantime, several students who staged a demonstration outside the campus on Tuesday criticized the university for its perceived lack of compassion and perceived injustice.

Adenike Ibrahim recounted to the BBC her situation where she was on the verge of submitting her dissertation but was removed from her program because of financial arrears.

Even though she has now settled her fees entirely, she is required to depart from the UK with her young child and is unable to re-enroll.

“I did default [on payments], but I’d already paid 90 per cent of my tuition fees, and I went to all my classes,” she told the broadcaster. “I called them and asked to reach an agreement, but they do not care what happens to their students.”

The Home Office responded to the situation by asserting that the decision to grant or withdraw visa sponsorship is within the jurisdiction of the sponsoring institution. It further advised that in cases where visas are curtailed or revoked, individuals should take necessary measures to regularize their immigration status or arrange to exit the United Kingdom.

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In correspondence, the Home Office informed the students that they do not have the right to lodge an appeal against the decision.

As of the time of compiling this report, there has been no official communication from the Nigerian Government led by President Bola Tinubu regarding the predicament of the affected students in the United Kingdom.

This occurrence coincides with the backdrop of Nigeria grappling with a foreign exchange crisis and a significant rise in inflation, which reached 33.69% in April.

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