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(Jamaica Observer) Some students at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus are now panicking over the prospect that they may not be able to sit their final exams if hundreds of thousands of dollars owed in tuition and other fees to the institution are not paid in just over a week.

“Not sitting our exams means that we are further away from achieving our dreams than the first day we sat down for a class on the Mona campus,” said Alaina Reid, a third-year law student who was speaking for other affected students. “…We are accustomed to the policy of the withholding of degrees, grades and transcripts as a consequence of non-payment of fees (but not before exams).”

“This policy, we aver is not proportionate,” she said in an anxious e-mail sent to the Jamaica Observer.

But director of marketing and communications at The UWI, Dr Carroll Edwards, insisted that the policy was not new, and that students were repeatedly notified from as far back as July last year.

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