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Nov 6, 2019

100+ UB Students at Risk of Being Deregistered

There are tensions at the University of Belize, where over a hundred students at are at risk of being kicked out of the ongoing semester for lack of tuition payment. It is understood that the government provides eleven million dollars U.B. this year but cash is running glow. On Tuesday, the university issued a notice on its social media page saying that the students will be de-registered on November eleventh; that is, removed from the courses that they are currently taking. According to the statement, these students have “paid nothing or less than ten percent of what was requested of them.” While the names of the students were not disclosed, their corresponding student ID numbers were attached to the post. The exposure sent students in a rage and they took to social media to express their discontent with the manner in which the institution has exposed those who have been negligent with their payments. According to Acting Director of Finance Ian Sangster, the institution has exhausted all measures to contact the students so that they can settle their outstanding payments but to no avail.

 

Ian Sangster

Ian Sangster, Acting Finance Director, University of Belize

“The university as its natural course of doing business will always be collecting on their student receivables. There are students who have been enrolled at the university and have not made any payments towards their accounts. We have sent notices to them; in fact, we have sent out five text blasts. We also sent out emails, updates through the UB website advising them of different options they have in terms of coming to make good on their balances. We have done this as a matter of course. It is something that we have done every year. Students are aware of it. There are some students probably who have made a decision to take it public, but we have basically done this as a matter of course. Last year we did it; we are doing it again this year. We have done everything in terms of extending the timeframe in which these students could get their accounts settle. Some of them have availed themselves of this service; others haven’t. And so really it’s the students who have not done that that we are really looking to see if we can get them financial cleared.”

 

Duane Moody

“What’s the penalty of not paying?”

 

Ian Sangster

“If a student is not financially cleared, basically what happens is the classes that they in this semester; they are taken out of those classes. They can in fact come back in the spring semesters and apply for courses that they did not complete. But basically it is deregistration for the semester. It is not the case as in some universities where if a student is deregistered, they can no longer come back to the university. That’s not the case here.”


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