THE management of the University of Jos had on weekend insisted that there was no going back on the implementation of the new fees once a new session commences next month.
While major stakeholders- parents, guardians, students- had faulted the increment, keeping in view the economic situation of the country, the management of the school had said it was not moved by the public outcry as the implementation of the new fees is a directive from the Federal Government, trying to harmonise charges for all undergraduates in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the management of the institution had on last week increased undergraduates fees from initial N27,000 to N45,000 representing 67% increment.
In a statement by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to Council/Senate, Mr. Monday Danjem, the management among others, said: “The University Management feels compelled to put the issues in clear perspective so that the public is not misled. The University of Jos Management was in receipt of a letter from the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) dated 22nd January, 2015 conveying the newly approved schedule of harmonized school charges to Senate/governing councils of all federal universities for immediate implementation.”
The directive contained in the letter followed a recommendation made by a Committee constituted by the Honourable Minister of Education comprising the NUC Executive Secretary; Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors; Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano that was mandated to review and harmonize the schedule of miscellaneous charges for Undergraduate Students in all Federal Universities, Vanguard reports.
“However, even though Management secured the approval for the implementation of the new school charges structure in the University, it was later agreed that there should be a phased implementation of the policy due to the prevailing situation in the University at that time.
“Since the implementation of that resolution, it is apparent that the economic situation of the country has taken a downward turn raising significantly the cost of maintenance per student. The University of Jos does not charge Tuition Fees as is being erroneously speculated. What Students are required to pay are school charges that are approved by Government and captured in the budget. Every item in the School charge structure is tied to a specific cost for the services provided e.g. Hostel Maintenance, Students Health Insurance, Library, ICT Bandwidth and Network Maintenance, I.D. Card among several others. This is a verifiable fact that is clearly listed in the University’s school charges schedule,” Monday said.