Students of the Kaduna State University KASU have taken to social media to react to the news of tuition review by the School.
It has been alleged that, the Kaduna State University, KASU, has reviewed its tuition fees from N24,000 to N150,000 for indigenes and N26,000 to N500,000 for non-indigenes respectively.
The steep increment has been widely condemned by students; on ground and across all social media platforms, lamenting that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic is still telling on so many Nigerians. And with the Nigerian economy it will be difficult to meet up.
The management of the Kaduna State University (KASU) has confirmed the upward review of its tuition fees, stating that the decision was taken to enhance the development of the university while adding that consultations are ongoing with stakeholders.
The management made the confirmation in a statement made available to journalists by the university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adamu Bargo.
Bargo explained that the upward review is due to the current realities and efforts to improve the standard of learning and research on campus.
He added that the decision will also enhance the development of the university.
The spokesperson said that available records show that N400 million was being spent monthly and N4.8 billion annually by the Kaduna State government on payment of the university’s staff salaries.
He said that N25 million was also being spent as overhead monthly, while the university generates only N765.9 million annually.
“In the year 2020, there was the allocation of N10billion to the university meant for the execution of capital projects, but N5billion was spent on overhead and personnel cost.
“The upward review of the tuition fees is a difficult decision based on the reality of the present time.
“However, the university hopes to improve the quality of teaching and research activities as well as create more conducive atmosphere of learning for staff and students,” Bargo said.
The students have rejected the increase.
Abdulrazak Shuaibu, a medical student, who spoke on behalf of the students, said the tuition fees were increased from N26,000 to N150,000 for students in Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Sciences.
Shuaibu, who is a former President of Kaduna State Students Union, added that students in the Faculty of Medicine from the state will now pay N300,000 as against N24,000 while non-indigenes will pay N500,000.
The management of KASU has however reacted to the news through a press release, stating that the news is fake and should be disregarded.
The press release signed by the university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adamu Bargo states that tuition fees would be reviewed upward with specific fees on each course, but it is yet to be announced, saying that the figures being spread in the social media are false.
Assuring that the public will be informed on any new developments within the shortest possible time.
The Management of Kaduna State University wishes to inform students, parents and the general public to disregard the news in the social media and other outlets regarding the review of tuition fees.
Management has met with students of the University on Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 and enlightened to allay fears.
Furthermore, Management wishes to state that though tuition fees would be reviewed upward with specific fees on each course but yet to be announced. The figures being spread in the social media are false.
The public will be informed on any new developments within the shortest possible time.