Pentecostal Life University (PLU) has refuted stories making rounds in social media alleging that the college is demanding a lot of money from students to participate in the online graduation the university is planning to conduct.
According to the statement signed by the registrar of the University Dr. Austine Owen Luhanga, the University is shocked with the allegations that it is asking students to pay K70,000 to be eligible to attend the graduation and extra K15,000 for the gown worn by the graduates during the ceremony.
Luhanga said the story is not only malicious but also not true and is being perpetrated by ill-minded people who just want to tarnish the image of the institution.
According to Luhanga, initially the University set 15th May 2020 as the day for the graduation to award degrees to students who satisfied the University’s academic requirements, but it was postponed to an indefinite day following the Malawi government directive to close all schools and colleges as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel Corona Virus.
“Following the suspension of the graduation, we issued a memo dated 31st May, 2020 informing the students that the University will continue to observe the Covid-19 situation and that the next date for the graduation will be decided depending on the government’s decision to lift the ban on physical academic activities” he said.
Luhanga further said, at this time, the University had already started preparations for the event and only asked graduating students to pay K100,000 as a graduation fee and that covered all the expenses including the gowns.
In addition, the registrar said in between, the PLU has been engaging both the government and the graduating students to together ascertain the possible new date for the graduation. In one of the meetings with the student’s representatives, the University suggested of conducting the online graduation and no extra charge was imposed on top of the K100,000 to the students to be eligible to attend the ceremony.
Luhanga said only those who paid or are to pay the K100,000 as agreed in the initial arrangement are to be eligible to participate in both the online and physical graduation not the exaggerated figures as purported in the social media.
PLU, has also called the accusations by the same article circulating in the social media that the University make the students wait for three months before getting their degrees as false and baseless.
“This is false and surprising because contrary to the lies being spread, PLU management and the student’s representatives agreed that the students will get their degrees immediately after the graduation ceremony” He said.
Luhanga has therefore, called on members of the general public to desist from spreading lies but rather use the social media in the most productive way to build the nation. He has also said that the college is continuing its discussions with the graduates to make sure the students are helped in the best way possible.
He has further pledged PLU’s continued commitment in contributing towards the development of intellectuals and professionals with excellency and integrity.