Tuesday, 13 December 2016

No Plans to Increase School Fees - NSUK Bursar.

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim 

The Bursar of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Stephen Yakubu Azizi, has debunked rumours making the rounds that management has perfected plans to increase school fees across board for undergraduate programmes in the University. 

Speaking today in a telephone interview, Mr. Azizi said school fees cannot be unilaterally increased without proper and adequate consultation with “critical stakeholders”. 

He said if the need for increase in school fees becomes inevitable, management will convene a stakeholders meeting, including the students, to either agree or reject such proposal. 

“It is only the new students that will pay higher than the continuing students. 

“For the continuing students the status quo remains and any fear that the fees will be increased across board by next session should be disregarded”, he assured. 

He said the new students have to pay higher due to the prevailing national economic realities that have affected operation of most institutions. 

Meanwhile, some students have expressed fear that the increase in the fees for the new students is a subtle approach to “forcing” a new school fees regime on all students by next session. 

Those who spoke on the condition of anonymity warned that any increase in the school will not be taken lightly. 

“Is it the half salaries that our parents are receiving that we pay the new fees with?” they queried. 

“Even the new students are our brothers and sisters, where will our parents get the money from?”, they further asked. 

The University's spokesman, Alhaji Jameel Zakari, has always maintained that management has not increased the fees. 

He also echoed the Bursar’s position, saying that there are protocols to be followed before increasing school fees and that includes properly informing parents and students, well ahead of time, insisting that the fees still remains the same.

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