Biman: Unfair suspension, termination of scholarships should never have happened

Prof Biman Prasad. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board’s decision to raise requirements for students’ academic performance under the National Toppers Scheme (NTS) should be revoked immediately if it was not Government’s policy.

This, according to National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad, adding the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had stated that they were not consulted by TSLB when the decision was made.

He was responding to a statement from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum on Friday labelling the decision by TSLB as “hasty” and for the board to urgently review the suspension of NTS students following its unilateral and arbitrary decision to raise GPA requirements.

“The arbitrary and unfair suspension and termination of scholarships of students under the pretext of failing to achieve an average GPA of 3.9 should never have happened in the first place,” Prof Prasad said in response.

“The chairman and CEO were ruining the lives and future of hardworking students. This should not have happened in the first place.

“We wonder why it took the A-G a week to intervene.

“But now that the A-G has made it clear that Government was never consulted by TELS board chair and CEO before they embarked on sacrificing the future of students, both should be taken to task for causing uncertainty to students and parents.

“At the same time, review of the decision is not good enough. It should be rescinded immediately because it is not government policy as the A-G says.”

He said while this might bring relief to current students there was no word on the suspension of both Toppers Scholarship and Loans Scheme for students enrolling this year and beyond, particularly for MBBS and Oral Health programs.

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