Another Protest Looms As Ondo Government Increases Polytechnic Tuition Fee
Just when the dust of Ondo State university students protest seems to have settled, the students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, are currently warming up for a fresh face-off with the state government.
This is coming on the heels of newly increased tuition fees by the state government which the students described as outrageous and inhumane.
Bounce News correspondent in Akure gathered that aside from the acceptance fee of N30, 000 and N10,000 for verification of results and admission letter, fresh students comprising ND1 and HND1 are currently paying between N98,500; 93,500 and 108, 500 respectively.
This is contrary to the 54,000 and 64,000 being paid by indigenes and non-indigenes of the state in ND1 and the 74,000 and 84,000 being paid by fresh HND students in the 2016/2017 academic session during the administration of former Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Details of the increased school fees show that fresh students under the Faculty of Applied Sciences will pay N98,500 for ND1, while HND 1 students are expected to pay 108,500.
Speaking with our reporter, Students' Union President of the polytechnic, Comrade Ayejuyo Temitayo confirmed the increment.
According to him, the Union leaders have continued to engage management of the institution for possible reduction. “But if dialogue fails, we will hit the street and this time, it will be worse than that of our colleagues in the university.”
"We are doing everything possible not to truncate the peace that has just returned to the institution but at the same time, we will not go beyond our limit," he said.
Speaking on the development, chairman governing council of the polytechnic, Banji Alabi gave reasons for the new tuition fees.
"We took the decision in the interest of the students. To get quality and standard education that will lead to production of competitive and world class products from our institution, students and parents must also support the efforts of the government," he said.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the increment by the students who described the increment as sheer "wickedness and unacceptable."
According to a HND 2 student, Akinsola Oluwole, the increment is true: "I actually generated payment for an ND student Business admin, non-indigene precisely. I was then informed that there is increment in school fees, I then re-login, then it brought N103,000".
Olofinte Dunsi Deborah, a new student for Higher National Diploma, said "I will continue playing at home. Why will I pay 108,500 twice just to be awarded HND that is not even on the same level with Bsc?"
One of the parents, Adewale Oloye, a civil servant told our reporter that he had told his child to go and look for work so that he can do part time study.
"Where do I raise that kind of money from? Am a civil servant with a monthly salary less than 50,000 naira from which loan will it be deducted? I have told my son to go and look for work so that he can save some money that will enable him continue with part time study next year."
With this increment, it is undeniable that the population of the new intakes for the 2017/2018 academic session will drastically reduce, considering the economic challenges most parents and the nation at large are battling with.
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