UNN Students Remonstrates over Increase In Tuition Fees

Over 200 Post-Graduate (PG) students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), remonstrated over increment in the school fees from N65, 000 to N145, 000.
According to Mr. Paul Haaga, spokesman of the students, he said: “To us, the increment is outrageous. We are not against any increment, but it should be reasonable. It is not fair to increase the fees for a session of nine months from N69, 000 to N145, 000. Where do they expect us to get that kind of money from?”
“We will continue this protest until the university reduces it. I do not think it is a crime for one to further his education in UNN,” he said.
The angry placard-carrying protesters blocked the office of the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Professor Ben Ozumba, insisting that the management should reverse the increased charges or face severe demonstrations.
Speaking to the students regarding the protest, Professor A. Ubachukwu, Dean of Post-Graduate School, said “Government does not give any allocation for postgraduate school as it is assumed that post-graduate students are adult and can pay cost for their education.”
“I use my personal money at times to run the PG school. I have been talking with some of your leaders on this issue for some time now and we compared notes with other universities before the increment on PG school fees was made.”
“The increase is in your interest as it will enable you to graduate on time and enhance teaching and learning.”
However, he commended them for the peaceful protest, saying “you are matured and responsible.”

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