Student sues college because he didn't 'get the grade he deserved'
A recent graduate has provoked controversy after he attempted to sue the university he'd attended because he "didn't get the grade he deserved."
Umer Riaz had his case dismissed by Cardiff County Court after he attempted to sue the University of South Wales after he didn't pass his final exams with distinction. The chemistry student, who hails from Islamabad in Pakistan, only managed to receive a third-class degree, after he began studying in 2011.
After failing his modules in his second year, Riaz didn't manage to gather enough credits for an honors degree, and reached the maximum registration period for his course. He attempted to appeal the exam board's decision, but his claim was rejected outright.
Commenting on his lawsuit in a recent interview with British tabloid newspaper The Metro, Riaz stated: "I’m going to fight this even if I have to take it higher, even to the UN. I’m very, very keen that I take it as high as I can. I was quite good at my studies and I passed my English courses back home. I was the youngest and my family wanted to give me the opportunity for higher study. My parents are illiterate, they didn’t go to school."
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He continued: "A pass doesn’t mean anything to me. Having a pass degree is not going to help me to get anything. I wanted to do a PhD in organic chemistry. I was in my final year starting to apply for jobs in Europe, in the Middle East and do further studies ... If I had an honors degree I would have been smashing it. I would have been working in decent places like my other colleagues."
He added: "It’s been very stressful. I went through trauma, I went through illness. My mum cries a lot, she cries too much. Back home when you go to court you have police around you so she is worried about me. I talk to her every day and tell her I’m fine."
A spokesperson for the University of South Wales told the Metro: "We take all complaints seriously and are keen to uphold our rigorous standards."
They added: "All of our processes have been followed fairly and accurately, and this has been reflected by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. As there may be further legal action, it is not possible to comment further."