The students of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Plateau State, have protested against the 300 percent increment in the school fees of the university.
The students who were displeased about the outrageous increment flooded the school’s main gate on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, to seek the management’s reduction in the hike.
The photos and videos sighted by our correspondent on social media showed the students bearing various placards with inscriptions such as “Our right, education must not be violated” and “Degree; not debt. Fees Must fall.”
In July 2023, UNIJOS had announced the increase of school fees from the current N45,000 to N213,000 an increment of over 300 percent.
According to the new school fees signed by the Registrar of the university, the N213,000 fee is for 100 and 200-level students while the 300-level students and above will now pay N160,000.
Recall that the university had in 2017, increased school fees to N45,000 from N27,000.
The institution’s Vice Chancellor, then, Professor Sabastian Maimako, had cited the dwindling budgetary allocations, rising bills, and the need to upgrade some materials.
Maimako said the figure was endorsed by parents, old students, and other stakeholders at a meeting in Jos, where all factors were considered.
It could not be immediately ascertained whether the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Tanko Ishaya, had the same agreement with the students Union Government, parents, and the stakeholders before arriving at this humongous and outrageous school fees hike.
UNIJOS increment came a week after the University of Lagos (UNILAG) announced the increment prompting parents and Nigerians in general to kick against the astronomical increase of school fees by universities in the country.
Watch the video of the protest below: