How College of Education Sold Thousands of Forms for Non-existent Courses
The Federal College of Education (FCE) Yola has been accused of selling admission applications for degree programs that do not exist.
According to SaharaReporters, the FCE Yola in Adamawa State allegedly sold thousands of admission forms to naive candidates for N3,500 each.
According to reports, the college’s Directorate of Undergraduate Programs sold the contentious admission forms for the 2021/2022 academic session in 16 new courses allegedly linked with Maiduguri and Jos universities.
As previously reported, FCE Yola was given permission to run only nine approved courses linked with the University of Maiduguri beginning in the 2014/2015 academic year.
“There was no way the institution could have gained approval from the National Universities Commission to offer additional 16 courses above its original capacity of nine,” a source at the school told our SaharaReporters on condition of anonymity.
Despite this, the college advertised in the media that it had received authority to offer 16 new degree programs, ostensibly linked with the universities of Jos and Maiduguri.
As a result, it invited applications for the 16 new degree programs, with prospective students being required to pay a non-refundable entry fee of N3,500.
Early Childhood Care and Primary Education, Computer Science Education, Social Studies, Guidance and Counseling, Education Management, and Christian Religious Studies are among the courses advertised.
Continuing Education, French Education, Business Education, Economics Education, Fine and Applied Arts, Geography, Hausa Language, Physics, and Political Science Education are among the other new courses promoted.
In a dramatic twist, the school urged applicants to come forward for a refund through text message.
“Please bring your account details and payment receipt to the Bursary Dept., FCE, Yola for the return of your application costs into Undergraduate Studies,” the statement reads.”
The management issued a public apology for the gaffe in a news release.
Takason Kloso, the college’s spokeswoman, indicated that the promoted degrees were no longer available for the 2021/2022 academic year.
“The Federal College of Education Yola regrets to advise candidates who have obtained application forms for admission into new degree programs that admission during the 2021/2022 session will not be possible,” Kloso said.
“Affected candidates are asked to submit their bank account information and proof of payment for reimbursements to the College’s Bursary Department.”