The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has condemned the management of the institution for increasing tuition fee.
The increment is almost by 100 per cent and it will take effect from the 2018/19 academic session in an announcement on Monday by the management of the university which is co-owned by the Oyo and Osun state governments.
It was garnered the decision was reached at the 133rd meeting of the governing council of the university on July 5 to effect the increment.
Until the adjustment,100-level students who are indigenes of Oyo or Osun paid N120,000 while those who are not from either state paid N150,000 as part of the resolution of the management of the institution after a strike by its workers that lasted several months.
The present increment now means indigenes will have to shell out N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the next session to commence on October 29.
The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.
Barely 24 hours after the announcement on Monday, a protest by the students ensued leading to a shutdown of the school’s main campus in Ogbomosho as well as it’s medical school in Osogbo.
The management of the school is yet to respond to any query by the media on this latest development with the spokesperson, Lekan Fadeyi refusing to pick his calls.
However, the Secretary of LAUTECH ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, on Tuesday condemned the increment and vowed that the teachers would continue to support the agitation of students.
“We are not in support of the increment and ASUU believed that education should not be privatised,” Abegunrin said.
“It is the duty of the management to pay necessary fee and not to put their responsibilities on parents who are struggling to survive.
“ASUU is in support of the students’ agitation because we did same during our time. If not, some of us will not graduate. It is important for them to express their displeasure and we condemn the authorities for their acts,” he said.