Colleges: Parents Appeal To President Tinubu To Reverse Hike In School Fees

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Nigerian Parents Forum has appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to prevail on the Federal Ministry of Education to reverse the over 100% increment on fees of federal government colleges or unity schools, describing the increment as arbitrary, insensitive and ill-timed.

The Forum also noted that the increment was inconsistent with President Tinubu’s promise of welfare programmes to help Nigerian parents cope with the economic shocks of fuel subsidy removal.

The national coordinator of the forum, Mr. Monday Eze, made this call while reacting to the increment, on Wednesday, in a chat with Journalists.

“This increment which is billed to take effect from September 2023 when Nigerian parents will still be grappling with the economic shocks of the fuel subsidy removal is arbitrary, insensitive, ill-timed and inconsistent with President Tinubu’s promise of welfare packages to help Nigerian parents cope with the fuel subsidy removal,” he said.

Mr Eze also decried the lack of qualified teachers, hostels, classrooms, science and technical workshops in the six federal science and technical colleges established in the six geopolitical zones in 2021 and charged the new administration to provide those essential things for the colleges.

He further asked the federal government to investigate allegations of extortion of money and materials in the guise of class and hostel levies as well as demand of various office equipment and household utensils from students on termly basis in federal government colleges.

Recall that the Federal Ministry of Education through the Director, Senior Secondary Education Department, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, had issued a circular dated May 25th, 2023, notifying all Principals of Federal Government Colleges of a new fees regime to take effect from September

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