Crisis in ISI as parents tackle management over third term fee

A crisis appears to be brewing at The International School, University of Ibadan, over the alleged insistence of the management of the school that parents must pay the school fee for the third term 2019/2020 academic session.

Some aggrieved parents told our correspondent that the management of the school had insisted that parents must pay the third term fee despite the students not being in school as a result of the lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Based on this, some of the parents have approached a lawyer, Olalekan Kola-Ojo, who they said had written a letter to the board of the ISI to intervene in the case.

One of the aggrieved parents, who spoke with our correspondent, Mr Tunde Michael, said the lawyer told the school that demanding for the third term fees was illegal and converting 2020/2021 first term payment to the third term payment was wrong.

Michael said, “On September 18, 2020, the school asked us to pay the third term school fees and they reduced N4,500 from what we were supposed to pay. They said they made the reduction because students didn’t use the library and the sickbay. Some of us told them that what they were doing was illegal.

“Immediately the ISI heard the announcement of the Oyo State Government that third term had been cancelled, they quickly organised a kangaroo online examination. Some students did not do the online exams and all of them were eventually promoted based on the directive of the government.

“The school also made sure that their stooges are the ones in the PTA so whatever the school says is what those in the leadership of the PTA agree with.  I don’t expect such an arrangement in a school situated in a university environment.”

Another aggrieved parent, who also spoke with our correspondent, Mrs Deborah Ogun, said the aggrieved parents were ready to go to any length over the issue of the third term fees.

Ogun said, “The students were doing second term examination when COVID-19 forced the government to close down schools.  They introduced online classes using WhatsApp; teachers would just drop notes on the WhatsApp platform for students to copy.

“They said the arrangement was just to keep the children busy and not that they would charge anything. Some parents didn’t allow their children to participate in online classes because of data issues. They were giving them notes on just five subjects. Later, the second term examinations were completed online.

“When they realised that third term had been cancelled, the school said students would do third term exams based on what they were taught on Whatsapp. They later gave us accounts where payments for third term fee would be made and parents raised an objection to this.”

The Principal of the ISI, Phebean Olowe, refused to comment on the issue when contacted on the telephone by our correspondent.

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