Kaduna University Students Kick As Govt Reportedly Increases Tuition Fees From N26,000 To N500,000 For Non-Indigenes


KASU Students Kick As Govt Increases Tuition Fees From N26,000 To N500,000 For Non-Indigenes

Kaduna state government have reportedly increased tuition fees of its university from N24,000 and N26,000 to N150,000 and N500,000, sparking outrage from many students. 

The increment comes at a time when many are still recovering from the economic effects of COVID-19.

It was gathered that previously, new entrants who are indigenes paid N23,000 for arts and N27,000 for sciences while non-indigenes paid N33,000 and N37,000 for arts and sciences respectively.

With the review, medical students, who are non-indigenes are now expected to pay N500,000 while indigenes will pay N300,000.

Non-indigenes admitted for nursing and pharmacy are expected to pay N300,000 while indigenes of the state are charged N200,000.

It was also gathered that non-indigene students offered other science courses are expected to pay N220,000, while indigenes would pay N170,000.

Non-indigene students offered admission into arts, education and social sciences are expected to pay N200,000 while indigenes will pay N150,000.

The students through Kaduna State Students’ Union rejected the hike in Kaduna during a meeting with students’ representatives, organised by Dean of Student Affairs, Dr Terhimba Wuam.

Rejecting the drastic increment, the union said majority of the students come from poor backgrounds and will not be able to cope with the high fees.

They expressed fears about the effect of the increment, with the possibility of many students dropping out despite having scholarships.

Abdulrazak Shuaibu, a medical student and former President of Kaduna State Students’ Union, spoke on behalf of the students and confirmed the exact figures to which the increment had been made, NAN reports. 

He said students in Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Sciences were to pay N150,000 from N26,000, while students from the Faculty of Medicine were to pay N300,000 for indigene students and N500,000 for non-indigene students as against N24,000.

Shuaibu described the increase as outrageous considering the current economic hardship being faced by parents and the negative impact of COVID-19.

He said that students have rejected the increase and are calling on the state government to revert to former fees.

Shuaibu noted that although some of the students were enjoying the state government scholarship, the beneficiaries were less than 5,000.

He said;

This also means that the government is giving us scholarship and collecting even more from us as tuition fee. We, therefore, reject the scholarship.

While the students have rejected the increment, the university management has given the excuse of creating a “more conducive atmosphere of learning for staff and students” as part of the reasons for fee increment.

However, the university’s Public Relation Officer (PRO), Adamu Nuhu Bargo, in a statement explained that the public should disregard the news regarding the review of tuition fees.

He stated that though tuition fees would be reviewed upward with specific fees on each course but was yet to be announced.

Many Nigerians have also taken to social media to reject what they call outrageous fee hike, calling on Governor Nasir El Rufai to revert to old fess.

See some reactions from Twitter users below;

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