Thousands Stranded as Bamenda Varsity Yet to Take Off

Bamenda Still awaiting UNIBA

Thousands of students who expected to begin school in the newly created University of Bamenda (UNIBA) this year are now stranded at home as the institution is yet to open its doors.

Students’ hopes were raised when they were assured by Higher Education Minister Jacques Fame Ndongo that the University of Bamenda was to go operational by January 2012.

Upon the announcement, the vice chancellor of the University of Bamenda, Professor Edward Tafah, issued a communiqué late last year calling on prospective students to submit complete files of documents for the admission to UNIBA latest December 30, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

While students were awaiting the start of classes, the Minister of Higher Education has instead extended the admission period indefinitely, raising fears that UNIBA may not go operational this year after all.

Some students who did not apply for admission in other universities are now regretting putting their eggs in one basket. If the university finally does not effectively take off, they are likely to lose the whole academic year. Observers in Bamenda now speculate that President Paul Biya decreed the creation of the university out of political pressure without giving a thought about how it was going to be financed.

Even if the university finally goes operational this year, only two faculties will admit students – the faculties of Science and Health Sciences, in addition to the Institute of Commerce and Management. Many Bamenda residents complain that these faculties are not enough to satisfy the needs of the thousands of students wishing to enrol at the university.

 

By Michael Ndi

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