A student from the University of Buea has come forward, lamenting and shedding light on the apparent abandonment of the Faculty of Health Sciences, specifically the Department of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, voiced concerns about the prolonged delays in the graduation process, sparking questions about the university’s commitment to student advancement.
“I believe you have a national voice. You have assisted others, and I hope to bring attention to this matter for those concerned,” the student stated, expressing frustration over the lack of progress in their academic journey.
Admitted into a two-year master’s programme in 2019 with fees totaling 750k FCFA, the student highlighted the normal timeline, expecting to graduate by December 2021. However, as 2023 unfolds, there are no signs of commencement, leaving the affected students without guidance on whom to approach or where to lodge their complaints.
The student disclosed encountering seniors from 2018 and even 2017 who are still awaiting graduation, contributing to the prevailing uncertainty. “When we raised our concerns, we were told to be patient, citing that our seniors, who are still awaiting graduation, are there before us,” the student shared, underscoring the apparent lack of urgency from the university’s administration.
The issue at hand is not related to failing courses or incomplete projects. “We have successfully validated every course and completed our projects. Yet, time is passing—days, months, and years—with no defence booked, no dates scheduled, and no progress,” the student lamented. Many peers have reportedly given up and left the country, leaving those without alternatives stranded in academic limbo.
Meanwhile, as affected students continue to face uncertainty, new admissions persist, exacerbating the frustration. “As I speak, over three cohorts are still waiting to graduate, and new admissions keep happening,” the student revealed, raising questions about the university’s priorities and the purpose of admitting students if progression is hindered.
The plea is directed at the University of Buea, specifically the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences, particularly the Department of Epidemiology. The student suggests that the department appears to hinder, rather than enhance, students’ academic cycles. “I am wandering aimlessly and unable to focus, hoping for something that seems unattainable in the near future,” the student expressed, seeking assistance in posting this message while concealing their identity due to potential repercussions that could further delay their progress.
As concerns grow over the plight of students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, it remains to be seen how the university will respond to address the issues raised and provide clarity on the path forward for these students.