April 28, 2008
FOURTEEN students who have completed their hotel tourism and management diploma course in Penang last year have yet to receive their certificates.
The students, worried about their future and employment, approached Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer at his office on Jalan Zainal Abidin on Friday for help.
S. Rupyni, 22, said she enrolled into the college on February 2005 for a year-long course that was accredited by the Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) in Switzerland.
“I completed the course last year but I am still waiting for my diploma to be issued,” she said.
In a predicament: Rayer holding the receipts for the fees paid by the students for the course.
She said she approached one of the college directors recently but was told the school was unable to obtain their papers as they still owned HTI some RM100,000. She was worried that she might not see her certificate as promised by the school.
Rupyni claimed she and 26 others were in a predicament over their future without having proper documentations to apply for jobs.
She and 13 others, all of whom had paid a total of RM150,000 as part of the course fee, approached Rayer for help.
Rayer said he would ask Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy to look into the matter.
He said he would seek HTI clarification to see if the college was accredited and approved to conduct the course.
A college spokesman said they were unable to give out the certificates as some of the students had yet to pay their fees amounting to about RM100,000.
He said some of them also had to resit their examinations.
“We are in the process of resolving the RM100,000 we owe HTI. We assured those who have paid their fee that they will receive their diploma by this year,” he said.