The FG negotiator, Dr Wale Babalakin, has made a proposal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). It is hoped that the ASUU committee will agree to have tuition fees in public universities increased to N500, 000 for undergraduates in sciences.
ASUU has reportedly rejected the proposed increment of school fees. Reportedly, Babalakin made the N500, 000 proposal for undergraduate students in the Sciences in public universities, and N350, 000 for undergraduate students in Arts and Humanities.
Speaking for ASUU in Jos, Prof. Lawan Abubakar, the Bauchi Zonal Coordinator said, “One of the major issues our union wishes to bring to public domain is the wild idea of sharing the cost of education between the government and parents proposed by Dr Wale Babalakin. This idea of sharing the cost of education since government alone cannot fund education, and that parents need to pay for it too. He proposed a minimum of N350, 000 as tuition fee for undergraduate students of Arts and Humanities, and N500,000, for those in Sciences.
“Our union rejected the proposal based on the fact that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly states that funding education is the sole responsibility of Governments at various levels and not parents”.
ASUU also rejects Education Bank for Nigerian students.”
Another option on the table was Education Bank for undergraduates. ASUU reportedly rejected this idea. Abubakar spoke on the reason for this rejection, “Our union also rejected the idea of Education Bank, because for one, not all the students will have access to loan, and for those who will access the loan, it is the same parents who served as sureties and subsequently pay back the loan, considering the very high rate of unemployment in the country.
“Supposing that the student is able to secure a job after graduation, he cannot start a life while paying back a loan of 4 to 6 million Naira, as the case may be.
“In this kind of situation the graduate would be subjected to, when will he finish paying the loan and establish himself? Frustration will gradually set in and make them live a life of misery”