- VC says no going back as parents kick
Trouble may be brewing in Ondo State over the recent 120 per cent increase in tuition fee by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo State, Prof Adesegun Fatusi.
The VC says there is no going back on the hike in tuition fees of the institution.
But parents of UNIMED students have kicked against the tuition fee hike, saying it would swell the number of out-of-school children.
Parents and students of UNIMED were shocked by the news of increment in fees by about 120 per cent for 2021/2022 session.
No explanation was given for this hike. Medical students have to pay as much as N1,320,000, as against N515,000 payable in the previous academic session (2020/2021).
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has always support increase in fees at tertiary institutions, since he assumed headship of the state.
The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, and Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, have suffered serial closures over students’ protests bordering on fees’ hikes.
The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo shrank to a student population of 1,753, from over 9,000, due to fees increase.
Many private residential accommodations for students in Owo are said to be empty.
The UNIMED VC, Fatusi, said, “The institution is committed to offering quality education and this position would not be compromised.
“The parents have an option. Their children don’t need to study here. Other medical schools are available.
“We run this school almost free of tuition fees. This school is a specialised school and we cannot continue with the previous fees.”
But the parents have vowed to resist the tuition fee hike in the interest of their children.
1,500 Nigerian students from Ukraine to resume at Igbinedion varsity
Another set of 1,500 Nigerian students displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine is set to commence their studies at the Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State by September 2022.
The development came as a result of a partnership agreement signed by the Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas with the management of the Igbinedion University.
The Nation had earlier reported that a Ukrainian university, the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, had signed an agreement with the Igbinedion University to help 2, 500 displaced Nigerian students continue their studies in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the representative of the Ukrainian University in Nigeria, Cliff Ogbede, the cooperation was made under the National Universities Commission trans-educational guidelines.
This was confirmed by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf.
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Providing further details, Ogbede noted that the students were about 1,500 and would resume by September.
The statement reads: “The students are about 1,500 and they will be back by September.
“In their quest to return students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to class, another top-rated Ukrainian academic institution—Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas—has equally signed a cooperation agreement with the Igbinedion University, Okada.
“This cooperation will enable their students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to resume classroom lectures at the Igbinedion University campus on a joint educational programme, under the Nigerian National Universities Commission Transnational Educational Guidelines.
“The joint Transnational Educational programme will enable the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Ukrainian Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas to continue their academic programme uninterrupted in addition to the existing distance learning mode, as a similar model is applied in particular for the organisation of academic cooperation with universities in Turkey and some other countries.”
WAEC releases 2022 WASSCE results
The West African Examinations Council has released the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates.
Speaking on Monday at WAEC office, Yaba, the Head of Nigeria Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, said, “The results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s results website within the next twelve hours.
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“Copies of the Result Listing will be sent to schools shortly. I need not restate the fact that the results of candidates who are sponsored by states indebted to the Council will not be released now until they pay up. We appeal to them to do so to enable the affected schools/candidates access their results.”
He added that some schools failed to upload their students’ Continuous Assessment Scores Capturing System at the stipulated time and many failed to meet registration deadlines, to the extent that some schools ended up not presenting their students for the examination.
“Yet, some who registered their students off-line failed to upload their entries! This showed unacceptable level of nonchalance. Again, others failed to meet deadlines due to criminal ‘shopping’ for candidates. By the time they realised it, the window had closed,” he said.
Oyo denies returning schools to original owners
Oyo State Government has denied a report that it is planning to return some schools to their original owners, whether to missionaries or individuals.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abdulrahman Abiodun Abduraheem, said there was no time the government took such decision.
He said that the only recent event where Governor Seyi Makinde spoke about ownership of schools was at Loyola College during the commissioning of a hall named after the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, where he only advised members of the old students association of the school to direct their request to the Ministry of Education.
“There is clearly no truth to the story making the rounds that the government of Oyo State was about to return schools to their original owners.
“The government does not have the such intention and there was nowhere Governor Seyi Makinde, made that statement.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the governor was confronted about a possible return of Loyola College, Ibadan, to the old students association and he urged the association to direct its request to the Ministry of Education for necessary engagement.
“He did not give any directive on the return of the school or any school, whatsoever.”
It also stated, “It is true that the state has developed a proof of agreement with the Incorporated Trustees of GCIOBA, but that does not in any way amount to a blanket return of all schools to their original owners.
“While the state will not shy away from productive partnership with stakeholders in the education sector to support its policy of free and qualitative education, it will not take any step capable of upsetting the cord of alliance already existing in a highly treasured sector like education.
“Let me use this opportunity to address some interests who appear bent on twisting the submission of the governor on this subject upside down to look for other things to do as it is clear they will not succeed in the inglorious path of attempting to whip up religious sentiments on this issue.”
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