Meanwhile, he was responding to a supposed letter written by some students alleging that the out-gone Principal, Professor Abu Sesay had earlier agreed with them to reduce the Sessional Grade Point Average to 2.5 to determine a pass at the University. The students, in the opening paragraph of the letter, the VC wrote “enough is enough.”
He went on to say that the letter outlined the issue of no ‘students’ body’, among others. The topic of the grade point captivated his interest for which he solely chose to speak on. He read: “It is an open secret that the ranks and files of the university has been in several meetings which through our investigations we concluded that the Vice Chancellor of the University recommended that all students within the grade point of 2.5 and above who have just completed the 2015/16 academic year should be promoted.”
The conclusion of the letter, he said, is apocalyptic. “…failure to do so, we are left with no option but to go on the rampage and set the campus on tire.”
Prof Ndomahina denied having ever instructed any of his staff to reduce the Grade Point Average, “I would never tell any lecturer or Head of Department to pass a student who has failed.” He made it clear that the University Act clearly gives power only to the Senate that has right in decision- making in academic matters. The system, he said, is one of the unique hallmarks that differentiate Njala University from the other universities, “and Njala has evolved this system and let me tell you that when Fourah Bay College wanted to use the modular system, we brought lecturers from Njala to go and show us at Fourah Bay College how to do it,” continuing, “so Njala has evolved this system and it would mature and I as the principal would never undermine my administration.” He said the modular system is bound by law. “And laws that cannot be violated by me the Vice Chancellor cannot be violated by any other person and not even by me.”
He added that “we want to move forward and as I once said several years ago, ‘is a revolutionary force that neither waits for no one nor leave anything behind it…” Sierra Leone, he said, wants to move forward and “we are in a hurry to develop as a nation and not few people would hold us back as a nation.”
Earlier, Prof GMT Roberts of the School of Community Health Sciences maintained that only a 2.9 or 2.99 would allow a student to repeat but that those falling below 2.7 are to drop out of programmes.