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Kaduna State University Should Reconsider Fee Increase – ASUU

Academic Staff Union of Universities

Academic Staff Union of Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, has come out to say that more than 75 per cent of the state university’s students may drop out of school due to the monumental increase in tuition fees.

Its chairman, Dr Peter Adamu recently revealed this via a statement in Kaduna, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, a very high number of students might have to leave the school very soon because their parents cannot afford to pay such high fees.

He then urged the state government to rescind its decision to hike the tuition fees and engage relevant stakeholders on the issue in line with its Open Government Partnership.

His words, “Worse still, the state government had sacked a good number of its workforce, among them are parents and guardians of our students.”

“These people struggle everyday against the current economic downturn to pay the fees of their children.”

“Raising school fees by over 500 per cent will, without doubt, send thousands of the students out of school.”

“A significant majority of prospective students will be denied entry and this may have a devastating impact on the government’s quest to develop viable human capital in the state.”

“And this is coming at the time when our streets are becoming unsafe due to spurge in thuggery, banditry and kidnappings.”

“These crimes and many other related social vices have always been associated with lack of education and job opportunities as well as truancy.”

“Whatever is the motivation for the purported increase in the current fees, the union wishes to urge for a quick intervention.”

“We are calling on leaders of conscience, civil societies, traditional rulers and every stakeholder to intervene with a view to averting the impending crisis that may arise from the situation.”

“Everyone is aware of the disaster caused by COVID-19. The world is also aware of the massive sack and retrenchment of workers by the Kaduna state government.”

“We, therefore, call on the university management to call a spade by its name and desist from the current display that suggests it is okay with the issue at hand.”

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