Stu­dents cry foul over in­ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion

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KUALA LUMPUR: Stu­dents of a univer­sity faculty that was shut down in Pe­tal­ing Jaya claimed that they were not ad­e­quately com­pen­sated as promised.

A stu­dent also claimed that an of­fer by the Uni­tar In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity for those af­fected by the faculty clo­sure was not on a par with what they had signed up for.

Fathiatul Ha­jar Mad Zaki, 19, said the cour­ses she was of­fered to re­place what she paid for at the Uni­tar Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign Faculty were cheaper and not ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

“Now, I have to start all over again. I have to en­rol in a foun­da­tion pro­gramme at an­other cam­pus be­fore I can con­tinue my di­ploma. That in­volves a lot of money,” she said.

Fol­low­ing its de­ci­sion to shut down the faculty, Uni­tar had claimed the stu­dents and their fam­i­lies were com­pen­sated and of­fered a path­way with two other higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

Stu­dent Re­becca Joseph, 19, claimed that she was com­pen­sated RM1,000 de­spite hav­ing de­manded RM7,000.

“I was told to pro­duce re­ceipts of ex­penses in­curred as proof of hard­ship caused by the shut­ting down of the faculty,” she said.

In a state­ment, Uni­tar said the stu­dents were com­pen­sated and loans they took or fees they owed would be set­tled fol­low­ing the dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of in­take and teach­ing of pro­grammes un­der the faculty.

The univer­sity said it would not ne­glect the well­be­ing of stu­dents and the fair com­pen­sa­tion was in line with mar­ket prac­tice and it was look­ing for a path­way for the af­fected stu­dents to com­plete their stud­ies.

“We ar­ranged credit trans­fers to fully ac­cred­ited pro­grammes at other re­lated in­sti­tu­tions, such as Kuala Lumpur Metropoli­tan Univer­sity Col­lege and UCSI Univer­sity. We also pro­vided cash aid dur­ing the tran­si­tion,” Uni­tar said, adding that stu­dents and their fam­i­lies were briefed on the plans on May 16.

The faculty was closed due to low stu­dent in­take for pro­grammes at its cam­pus in Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

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