The Federal Government has implemented an over 300% increase in the fees of Federal Government Colleges in Nigeria. The massive hike in the school fees of students in unity colleges was implemented on June 1 and will require parents to pay N75,000 per term as opposed to N20,000 they paid during the last session.
As expected, the National Parents and Teachers Association of the Federal Government Colleges rejected the increase accusing the Federal Government of commercilising education in the country. The group also threatened to withdraw their children from the unity colleges if the new fees was not reversed.
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National President of the group, Dr. Gabriel Nnaji, while briefing journalists in Abuja, said the increase from N20,000 to N75, 000, was unacceptable by the parents, stressing that an average parent with more than a child in unity schools would not be able to afford it.
According to him:
“The increase of school fees from about N20,000 to about N75,000 in unity colleges is most untimely and insensitive.
“An average Nigerian worker whose minimum wage is N18,000 and who has one or two children in the unity colleges will be unable to keep his or her child or children in the unity colleges.
“The recent increase is a negation of the policy or principle that established unity colleges which is to make basic and secondary education affordable and accessible to an average Nigerian student.”
The association therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the members of the National Assembly to compel the Federal Ministry of Education to go back to the old fee regime “as the education of Nigerian children is a right and not a privilege.”
“The association will continue to partner the Federal Ministry of Education by complementing the efforts of the ministry in the provision of basic facilities in the unity colleges,” Nnaji said.