By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe has said the increment in tuition fees at the Kaduna State University (KASU) was painful but necessary because it is the only way that the institution can stay afloat.
Balarabe, who said this when representatives of the students met with senior government officials over the hike in tuition fees, said: “We understand the pain, we are also pained but sometimes, some decisions are taken for the betterment of the generality of the people.”
She explained that “the fees hike is to enable KASU to be a top-ranking university. We want Kaduna State students to hold their heads high wherever they might be.”
Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal pointed out that university education in the country is collapsing because of inadequate funding.
Chief of Staff Muhammad Sani Abdullahi argued that the equipment and libraries that are necessary to enable good education do not come freely or cheaply.
The Chief of Staff advised the students’ representatives to go back and discuss with their colleagues and get them to see reasons.
The representatives of the students thanked the government for introducing free primary and secondary education but KASU tuition fees of N100, 000 is too high.
In a related development, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Shaibu Idris Miqati has said the recent fee increment for students of Kaduna State University (KASU) and other state-owned higher institutions by the state government has put students and their parents in a confusing situation. He advised El-Rufai to adopt gradual fees increment.
Miqati appealed to Governor Nasir El-Rufai to have a rethink and review the fees downward to enable students to acquire affordable education.
Noting that government alone cannot fund the costs and expenses of education, he, however, said parents must augment the government’s efforts in bearing the costs, particularly given the long-term benefits to be derived from the qualifications to be obtained by the students.
Miqati appealed to Governor El-Rufai to adopt a gradual increase of the fees if he must increase them.
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