The Ondo State government on Thursday dismissed news making the rounds that it has increased tuition in all the state-owned tertiary institutions.
The two state-owned universities, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) and Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) have been reportedly shut following students’ protest over hike in school fees.
But a statement on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, the state asked students of the schools to disregard the rumour of the tuition hike.
He added that the students should face their studies rather than being misled by rumour mongers who are only out to discredit the state government.
While corroborating the stand of the state government, the management of both institutions maintained that there was no increment in the tuition fees.
A statement by the Acting Registrar of Adekunle Ajasin University, Mr. Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa said: “While we do not want to speculate on why they are toeing this path of lies and infamy, management wishes to state firmly and unequivocally that there is no new increase of school fees in AAUA.
“Current school fees in AAUA range between N80,000 and N150,000; the students are allowed to pay twice i.e. between N40,000 and N75,000 per semester; the demand during the recent protest of students was for the university to allow those who have not paid their school fees to write tests/examinations while they pay their school fees later; parents and guardians are advised to ensure that their children and wards pay their school fees without delay, especially since they have the option of paying twice over two semesters.”
The university added that above figures were negotiated with relevant stakeholders, including the students and their parents, and finalized in April last year.
Also, a statement from the office of the Registrar of Ondo State University of Science and Technology confirmed that the institution’s management has not increased the tuition.
The statement claimed that the normal fees being paid by students of the school still remained, and that the management had not thought about it and was not considering increasing the institution’s tuition.
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