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5 students with disabilities denied degrees over ‘unpaid dues’

Graduates argue they are exempt from claimed fees under the law

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AMMAN — A student rights activist group called on the Ministry of Higher Education on Tuesday to intervene in the case of graduates with disabilities whose certificates have been held by the University of Jordan for almost a year over a claim of unpaid dues.اضافة اعلان

According to the national campaign “Thabahtoona”, five students with disabilities have been denied their degrees over fees for repeated and retracted courses, which they say they are exempt from.

Under Article 22 of the Rights of People with Disabilities Law, people with disabilities enrolled at public higher education institutions are charged no more than 10 percent of the fees in the competitive track, and no more than 25 percent of fees in the parallel program, which is an enrollment method that permits lower achieving students for higher fees.

Thabahtoona however notes that the University of Jordan later issued a decision mandating students with disabilities to pay the full price of repeated or retracted courses.

The five students in question however argue that they were enrolled before 2017, when the decision was made, and hence cannot be charged retroactively for courses they took prior to the decision, according to Thabahtoona.

The student rights campaign added that the students have met with the president of the university and submitted formal memos to resolve their problem, but they are yet to receive their degrees, nine months after graduation, and as a result, have been unable to find jobs or pursue graduate studies.

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