Parents and students of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, have publicly lambaste the increase in the school fees for the 2015/2016 academic session by the school authorities, describing the new fee as outrageous, unspeakable, nasty, atrocious, wicked and unjustifiable.
According to the parents, the new fees is between 25 to 100 per cent higher than the old fees depending on the course of study, a development, which they rejected.
liveschoolnews.org grapevine learnt that the new fee released on Monday indicates that Law students, who were earlier asked to pay N800, 000 per session, are now to pay N1.5 million as a full session fee, while the medical students are to pay N3.1 million, instead of the N2 million earlier stipulated.
Some of the parents, who spoke with the our correspondent, said they could not understand why the university authorities increased the fees after they had already paid the fees released in July.
A parent, Mrs Sarah Martins said: “This is suicidal. The school is very inconsiderate. It would even have been better to increase the fees gradually but to increase it by that much all of a sudden in the face of the economic hardship in the country is killing.”
A 400-level student of Economics Department, who spoke under condition of anonymity, described the hike in fees as insensitivity on the part of the school’s management, adding, “I am in my final year and I just saw that I am paying the most expensive fees since I entered the school in 2012. Never have I had to pay this much. I don’t even know how to tell my parents.”
Another student of Medicine and Surgery claimed that the fees were not rumours being formulated, but was available on the school website for all to see.
The Director, Department of Communication and Marketing of the institution, Mr Joshua Suleiman, in his response, while speaking with Nigerian Tribune said that the increase was occasioned by the devaluation of the naira against the United State dollar.
He said: “The increase in fees is a result of the devaluation of the naira coupled with the economic hardship being experienced. The value of the naira has dropped. Things are not the same way they used to be. The university, known for its high standard, decided to find means to keep in touch with the economic situation so as to continue to provide its excellent service that it is known for.
“The decision was not made solely by the school administration, but was made in a meeting involving the management, the parents’ representatives and the students’ representatives. This is the first time in five years that the school is increasing its fees.”
The Babcock University Student Association (BUSA) President, Mr Kako Mavalla, cautioned students to keep calm and civil, while registering their displeasure. He also urged them to wait for the outcome of a scheduled consultative forum between parents and the authorities early in the month of September.
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