The tuition fees at Kaduna State University have been increased from N24,000 to N26,000 to N150,000 and N500,000.
The increase has been criticized and rejected by students, and it comes at a time when many are still reeling from the economic consequences of Covid-19.
According to a press release from the Kaduna State Students’ Union, the bulk of the students come from low-income families and would be unable to afford the high fees. The students’ union raised concerns about the impact of the increase, stating that many students may drop out while receiving scholarships.
The governor of the state, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has yet to receive a response to the message.
The university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adamu Nuhu Bargo, clarified in a statement to NAN that the decision to increase the fee was made to raise funds for the university, which has an annual internally generated revenue of N765.9 million. He stated that the university administration had met with students and that specific fees for each course would be revealed later.
Abdulrazak Shuaibu, a medical student and former President of the Kaduna State Students’ Union, confirmed the exact figures raised.
Students in the Faculty of Arts, Management, and Social Sciences would pay N150,000 instead of N26,000, while students in the Faculty of Medicine would pay N300,000 for indigene students and N500,000 for non-indigene students instead of N24,000.
While the students have opposed the fee increase, the university administration has cited the need to create a “more favorable learning environment for staff and students” as one of the reasons for the increase.