Fresh graduates of the University of The Gambia (UTG) say more than 100 of them were denied certificates pending the payment of tuition fees owed by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) to the UTG.
They say UTG authorities insist that MoBSE clears all arrears in millions of Dalasis before their certificates are given to them.
This situation faces many graduates searching for work or avenues for further studies.
One affected graduate told TAT his plans for further studies have been derailed, and many others are in the same situation.
“We have made many attempts to receive our certificates from the UTG, but we cannot due to arrears yet to be settled by MoBSE. It’s frustrating as most of us seek jobs or further studies.
He added: “More than 100 graduates are currently affected by this situation. We appeal to MoBSE to clear the arrears.”
Another victim said he secured a scholarship for further studies, and fears that he may not go abroad, and spoke of a “stressful situation.”
“I went to UTG more than five times to get my certificate, but every time, I’m asked to come back as MoBSE is yet to settle our tuition arrears.
“I’m getting worried that my chances for further studies are fading daily, and it’s very unfair to me and all those affected.”
He added: “I’m appealing to MoBSE to consider our situations and settle these arrears so we can have peace of mind and concentrate on our future endeavors.
TAT contacted the Registrar at the UTG, Momodou Taro, who said he is unaware of any tuition fee arrears between the UTG and MoBSE preventing graduates from receiving their certificates.
He declined to comment when asked whether MoBSE is having arrears with the UTG.
However, an insider at the UTG accounts department confirmed the arrears and the graduates’ ordeal.
This source said the UTG Administration asked the accounts department not to issue a certificate to anyone until the MoBSE pays all arrears.