By Salim Yunusa
The students of Kaduna State University have taken to the streets to protest the planned increment of school fees which have allegedly been implemented.
Pictures of students carrying placards have flooded social media, calling on the government to reverse the action.
Recall that SAHELIAN TIMES reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, says 75 per cent of the university’s students may drop out of school due to the monumental increase in tuition fees.
Its Chairman, Dr Peter Adamu, said in a statement in Kaduna that the students might have to leave because their parents could not afford to pay.
The Commissioner of Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi confirmed the tuition fees increase in all the state owned tertiary institutions.
Makarfi explained that the decision was to reposition the schools to deliver quality skills and training to solve 21st century challenges.
He said that KASU had been directed to increase the tuition fees from N24,000 to a minimum of N150,000.
He added that the minimum fees for National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes had been pegged at a minimum of N75,000 and N100,000 respectively.
The commissioner also said that the National Certificate in Education (NCE) programme was also increased to N75,000.