The Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the students have rejected the proposed 500 per cent increase in tuition fees by the government.
They stated that if a monumental school fees increase was allowed to stand, it would force about 75 per cent of the university’s students to drop out of school, causing massive youth unemployment and restiveness.
ASUU Branch Chairman, Dr Peter Adamu, decried that the consequences of the upward review of the school fees would be unquantifiable.
He urged the state government to rescind the decision, stressing that it was not the best time to increase tuition fees due to the present economic instability in the country.
On his part, the Commissioner of Education in Kaduna, Shehu Muhammad, defended the decision of the government, saying the amount being paid was no longer sustainable considering the enormous challenges of the school.
He explained that increasing the tuition fees was in line with current economic realities and not in any way aimed at unleashing suffering on the students and their parents.
He, however, hinted that the state government has created other social intervention programmes for the students, including scholarships and loan schemes among others.
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Recently, the state government announced an increase in tuition fees in the university to enable it meet up the demands of the present situation.
According to the proposed new tuition fees, indigenous students studying social science courses are to pay about N150,000 while their counterparts in medicine and other science courses will pay between N170, 000 and above as annual fees.