Sunday, 22 November 2015

Edo University, AAU, increases fees by about 200 per cent for new students

Students of the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, are currently at loggerheads with the management of the school following the latter’s decision to increase school fees for the 2015/2016 Academic Session.

Medicine had the highest increase from N47,000 to N160,000, a 240 per cent increase.

Natural sciences, Education, Agriculture, and Physiology had their fees increased from N41,000 to N112, 500, a 174 per cent increase

Engineering courses, microbiology, computer science, architecture and building had their fees raised by 172 per cent from N45,000 to N122, 500.

Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Law, and Accounting was increased from N47,000 to N127,500 or 170 per cent.

These are apart from the admission acceptance fees requiring medical students to pay N75,000 while other students are to pay N60,000.

After settling the fees, students would also be required to pay other charges such as Students’ Union dues, N1000; AAU Legal/File, N800; AAU Students welfare assurance, N500; Matriculation gown, N2000 and Concession fee, N10,000.

Baring any changes, a medical student would have to pay a whopping N249,300 per session under the new school fees regime.

It was gathered that students will continue to pay throughout their study in the institution, what they paid in their first year.

Speaking on behalf of the students, Alex Peter, said the hike in the fees threatened the educational sector, as it makes education completely unaffordable.

“Students that are not paid bursaries, students that are not paid allowances, students whose future aren’t guaranteed even after spending years going through school shouldn’t be subjected to massive exploitation and unaffordable, ridiculous and obnoxious school charges.”

He said he and his group of students were calling on the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole to intervene in the matter and reverse the hike.


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