The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said he was not aware of the 300 per cent increase in the schools fees of Federal Government’s colleges as reported.
Adamu denied the increase when he spoke at the inauguration of the “National Quality Assurance Handbook for Secondary and Education in Nigeria’’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the National Parents and Teachers Association of Federal Government Colleges (NAPTAFEGC) recently alerted the public on over 300 per cent increase in school fees.
The National President of NAPTAFEGC, Dr Gabriel Nnaji, told newsmen 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 schools would not be able to pay the new fees.
The minister said in Abuja on Tuesday that he did not authorise the increment.
”I am not aware that the schools fees of unity schools have been increased.
”I am the Minister of Education and I am not aware of it,” he said.
However, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, acknowledged the increase, but that the increment was not 300 per cent as claimed.
“’Yes the school fees in Federal Government colleges have been increased, but not by 300 per cent as claimed.
”You must be aware of the realities in the country; it is important for the colleges to be able to maintain their students taking into consideration 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.
She said that the amount was determined according to the requirements contained in a list of each of the schools and the amount is not up to 300 per cent.
Meanwhile, a Federal Government College Rubochi, FCT, document obtained by NAN indicated that the boarding fee was increased from N8, 000 to N15, 000.
The total requirements amount for the 16 items in the document was N55, 000
Another parent who spoke on condition of anonymity told NAN that the document given to her child from Federal Government Girl’s College, Keana, Nasarawa State had a total fees of N45, 000.
Earlier in his address at the inauguration, Adamu said that the handbook was an indispensable tool in the effort to achieve education quality service.
He said the fact that quality education ranked fourth on the list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , the present government’s focus on quality education, attested to the need for the handbook. (NAN)