Kaduna State University tuition fees have been increased by the state government.
While defending the decision of the government, the Commissioner of Education, Shehu Muhammad, said the amount being paid was no longer sustainable considering the enormous challenges of the school.
He revealed that increasing the tuition fees was in line with current economic realities and not in any way to unleash suffering on the students and their parents.
Muhammad stressed that there was nowhere in the country where state universities received a token of N26,000 as school fees across the board.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the students have rejected the proposed 500% increase in tuition fees by the government.
They said if monumental school fees increase was allowed to stand, it would force about 75% of the university’s students to drop out of school, causing massive youth unemployment and restiveness.
Branch Chairman of ASUU, Dr Peter Adamu, said that the consequences of the upward review of the school fees would be unquantifiable.
He urged the state government to reverse the decision, stressing that it was not the best time to increase tuition fees due to the present economic instability in the country.
Adamu further stated that public education should not be for revenue generation and asked the government to look for other better ways of funding the system without unleashing hardship on the students and their parents.
One of the students of the school, Asmau Usman, pointed out that most of them came from poor backgrounds and their parents cannot afford the increased fees.
He added that the scholarship programme of the state government cannot cater for a large number of students, saying only a few of them were beneficiaries.