The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for a reduction in school fees across tertiary institutions in the country to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal on students.
NANS Coordinator, North Central Zone, Shedrack Anzaku, said this in Abuja on Thursday, July 13 while speaking with newsmen. He said;
“What the association expects is school fees reduction and not increment because the rate of dropout is increasing.
“We frown against all forms of school fees increment at a time like this when there is numerous hardship across the country.
“We find it hard to understand the increment because in spite of the removal of subsidy, diesel is what schools use mostly and the price of diesel has reduced so we expect a reduction in all ramifications,” he said.
Anzaku recalled that when he was speaking with the President, Students Union Government, Bida Polytechnic, last week, students in that school had not resumed due to a hike in school fees in spite of the fact that the rector reduced the school fees by N10,000.
”We also kick against hike in school fees on account of the student loan Act because the Act is meant to assist students to get a proper education.
”We have written to NUC to call on schools to reduce school fees else we will protest in large numbers.
“We are going on a campus tour to talk to Vice Chancellors, Rectors, and Provosts to reduce school fees,” he added.