UK International Students Face Deportation over Failure to Pay Tuition

Hundreds of UK International students have faced deportation over their failure to pay tuition.

The affected students, according to a report, have refused to pay their tuition because of poor online teaching.

The report stated that the international students lament a “massive impact of coronavirus pandemic’ on the quality of teaching”.

“Many overseas students currently in the UK who were forced to learn online because of COVID-19 restrictions, feel they are missing out on the culture of university life, which is part of what they pay for. They argue that virtual classes are ‘not worth the same amount’ as in-person teaching,” the report said.

It added that at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), “hundreds of foreign students have refused to pay their tuition, amounting to £18,630 per student, per year for undergraduate courses”.

The report stated further that a similar protest has taken place at Goldsmiths, where tuition ranges from £16,390 to £22,950 at the undergraduate level.

It stressed that at the Royal College of Art, international students began withholding tuition in January.

According to a report published by The Guardian, it’s estimated that approximately £3.4 million is being withheld by 300 students, 200 of which are from overseas. Students are urging universities to refund their fees for the past academic year.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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