Confusion as Education Minister, Perm Sec disagree over 300% fee increase in Unity Schools
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has denied authorising a 300 per cent increase in school fees in the federal government colleges across the country.
He spoke with journalists on Tuesday at the inauguration and dissemination of the National Quality Assurance Handbook for Secondary Education in Nigeria.
The National Parents and Teachers Association of Federal Government Colleges recently alerted the public to over 300 per cent increase in school fees.
The National President of NAPTAFEGC, Gabriel Nnaji, had told journalists that the increase was from N20, 000 to N75, 000.
He said the increment was unacceptable to the parents as an average parent with more than a child in unity school would not be able to afford it.
But Mr. Adamu said he never authorised any increment.
”I am not aware that the school fees of unity schools have been increased.
”I am the Minister of Education and I am not aware,” he said.
However, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Folashade Yemi-Esan, acknowledged there was an increment.
Mrs. Yemi-Esan, while speaking to journalists, said that the increment was however not 300 per cent as claimed.
”Yes the school fees of federal government colleges have been increased but not 300 per cent as claimed,” she said.
”You are aware of the realities in the country; it is important for the colleges to be able to maintain the students that are there and you must also be aware that these schools are tuition free.
”So, what has been increased is the boarding fees; I do not have the figures but it is not N75, 000.
”It is a list and when you check the breakdown, it is not up to 30 per cent.”