The chance of acquiring a Higher education seems to be gradually eroding away in Ondo State.

With the introduction of a new school fees regime by the state government, state-owned institutions can now stand shoulder to shoulder with private Universities across the country.

Notwithstanding the rubble that usually accompanies this decision, the Rotimi Akeredolu's led-administration appear to have seen higher institutions as a platform to boost the state internal revenue.

Students in the medical university who were paying a little above N200, 000 will now return for a new session to pay about 450,000 naira per session as tuition fees.

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The increment according to the state commissioner for Education, Sciences and Technologies, Femi Agagu, is part of efforts to provide quality education to the students in line with the 21st century standard.

The argument has however been punctured by the students, their parents and some groups in the state.

According to Olufemi Oyebanji, a student of the medical university, if it could be difficult for students to pay 230,000 naira as school fees, how will they go about paying 450,000?

Mr. Dickson Akiya, a parent also sees the policy as anti-masses.

"This is the only state where government turned public schools to revenue generation source. I will rather suggest they convert the school to private medical university.

"How much are they paying in private institutions that we are complaining about? This government is only trying to take University education out of the reach of the common man through it's anti-masses policies."

A group known as Sunshine Liberation Forum has however warned the government to reverse the decision.

According to it's media and publicity officer, Gbenga Ajongbolo, this government has since inception, inflicted more pains and wreaked further havoc on the already destabilized psyche of the citizens of the sunshine state.

“It has continued to destroy the educational foundations laid by his forebears, degrade the legacies and seem determined to plunge our dear state into more educational misfortunes.

The decision is coming barely five months into the increment of AAUA tuition fees which generated wide protests and disrupted commercial activities in the state capital for several days.

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