The President of National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS), Mr. Chinonso Obasi, has promised to oppose plans by some universities to increase their tuition fees.
Obasi stated that NANS received the report that no fewer than 38 tertiary institutions had concluded plans to jack up tuition fees. He also said the association was not happy with the move because Nigerian students, had, over the years been made to bear the brunt of Administrative incompetence of managers of tertiary institutions.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities alerted Nigerians that the increase of tuition fees by 38 universities was because of the poor funding by the Federal and State governments.
President of NANS, Obasi noted that educational funding includes revenue from researches and consultative collaborations. He said that the implementation of UNESCO strategies particularly commercializing research findings, should occupy Nigeria’s educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by hapless students, and also said that NANS believes that the planned hike in tuition fees would be the last straw that would break the cycle of obnoxious levy on learning and pursuit of education.
He opined that the President Buhari Administration ought to recognize that this is an ideal opportunity to reward the understanding and cooperation of Nigerian students with education subsidy, proper funding of education and adequate welfare activities for students, and called on good individuals and stakeholders to hurry and find lasting solutions to the deplorable condition of the education sector in Nigeria.