In an unfolding scenario, reports have surfaced that Nigerian students, among others, have been deregistered by UK universities amid the enforcement of a new academic regulation. This unexpected event is causing waves, throwing a spotlight on international student policies and the challenges that ensue.
A number of international students in the UK, including those from Nigeria, are reportedly being asked to leave their universities and the country.
This shocking news was shared by Benjamin Kuti, the head of the Nigerians in UK Community (NIUK), on a popular platform.
The primary reason seems to be delayed tuition payments. Many suspect Nigerian students are particularly affected due to the scarcity of foreign exchange and restrictions on work hours for their part-time jobs.
There is also speculation that a newly-implemented UK immigration law might be contributing to this predicament.
Many foreign students in the United Kingdom, including those from Nigeria, are reportedly being deregistered from their universities and advised to leave the country.
Benjamin Kuti, President of the Nigerians in UK Community, communicated this news through a post on X on Saturday, December 9.
“So many universities have deregistered students in the UK and advised to leave the country,” Kuti who is also known as Oluomo of Derby posted on Twitter.
Why are UK universities deregistering foreign students?
Responding to enquiries on why the UK universities are taking the step, Kuti said it is due to “late repayments of tuition fees”.
Another X user, AAW., @vicayz, suggested that many Nigerian students may be having issues with the payment of tuition fees due to the FX scarcity crisis in Nigeria.
“The exchange rate plus the unavailability of forex through the CBN to pay tuition fees have become an albatross,” @vicayz posted.
Mr Chykah, @Iam_Chykah, in his comment, suggested students may also be having issues with tuition payment due to lack of enough work hours.
“The truth is that it is almost impossible to repay your tuition from the 20hrs a week job you are limited to. Except someone somewhere is paying part of your tuition, you are going to be late in payment. Will people listen? No!”
Sam Ed, @iam_samedoho, a digital strategy consultant, said:
“I saw this coming because of POF (Proof of Fund) and not paying tuition fees. I normally advise people to pay their full tuition or make arrangements before arriving.
“The idea of wanting to work 20 hrs to pay tuition fees isn’t sustainable.”
The reaction by JJ. Omojuwa, a strategic communications expert, indicates that the development is not unconnected with the immigration law newly introduced by the UK government.
“This is so unfair. The least the UK should have done is not let the law apply retrospectively,” he said.
“My position doesn’t apply to those who refused to pay their school fees or refused to attend classes despite getting student visas.”