The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, has warned that upward review of school fees will affect about 75 per cent of the university’s students who may probably drop out of school.
The ASUU Chapter Chairman, Dr Peter Adamu said in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, April 28.
He said that the students might have to leave because their parents could not afford to pay.
Adamu urged the state government not to implement any hike in the tuition fees and engage relevant stakeholders on the issue in line with its Open Government Partnership.
According to him, education is a right and not a privilege, funding of education as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution is the sole responsibility of the government, not parents.
He said the university had over 19,000 students, with more than 17,000 of them from the state.
Adamu added that 70 per cent of the indigenous students were sons and daughters of peasant farmers, civil servants, and petty traders.
“Worse still, the state government had sacked a good number of its workforce, among them, are parents and guardians of our students.
“These people struggle every day against the current economic downturn to pay the fees of their children.
“Raising school fees by over 500 per cent will, without doubt, send thousands of the students out of school.
“A significant majority of prospective students will be denied entry and this may have a devastating impact on the government’s quest to develop viable human capital in the state,” he said.
The ASUU chairman said the increase would further widen the existing gap between the rich and the poor.
He pointed out that the consequences of the upward review would be unquantifiable.
“And this is coming at the time when our streets are becoming unsafe due to spurge in thuggery, banditry and kidnappings.
“These crimes and many other related social vices have always been associated with lack of education and job opportunities as well as truancy,” he said.
Adamu said that the purported scholarship program unveiled by the government was a smokescreen to justify the increase.