Students Kick As NOUN Increases School Fees
Students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have indicated their plan to engage the management of the institution over what they called the sudden increase of their tuition fees.
In a recent Press release authored by the Senate President of the Congress of the NOUN Students, Comrade Olumide-Oke Daniel and his Deputy, Emmanuel Ahamefule, the students expressed shock over the development.
They called on their colleagues that are just returning for another academic session to exercise patience in paying the new tuition fee as the Union was in the process of dialoging with the appropriate authorities.
“We have received several complaints and constructive criticism from you as regards the sudden increment in the school fees of returning students.
“It is necessary to categorically state that, as a union, we were unaware of the sudden increment by the University Management as we weren’t consulted nor informed before the increment was effected. However as a responsive CONGRESS OF NOUN STUDENT that we are, upon receiving the news of the increment, we have immediately swung into action of which necessary consultations have begun and of course, its conclusion will be made known to all.
“The CONGRESS OF NOUN STUDENT wishes to state emphatically that we are aware of the economic downturn in the nation currently and would not watch the unpleasant sight of our members being stretched further. Hence, our constructive engagement have since commenced.
“In lieu of this, we will like to inform all Nounnite (NOUN STUDENTS) not to make any school fees payment yet until our consultations are concluded and we are very optimistic that it would be positive.
“We however appeal to our fellow colleagues to remain calm as the CONGRESS OF NOUN STUDENT is working round the clock to ensure that the collective interest of our teeming members is protected and justice is sincerely done without any biased consideration,” they assured members.
However, students of NOUN in Ibadan have called on their colleagues within the State to assemble at the main hall of the Ibadan Study Center of NOUN on Wednesday afternoon to brief members on the current situation and ways forward.
One of the students who craved anonymity informed The Chronicler Newspaper that she paid her tuition for the 2021-2022 academic session with undue stress because of hidden increment that happened last year, claiming that she paid more than Eighty Thousand Naira for the last session.
She revealed that the tuition for the new session was pegged at Hundred Thousand Naira, a cost that she could not lay her hands upon.