#ReduceAAUATuition: Students challenge Akeredolu on school fee hike

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Students of the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba (AAUA) have taken their protest against the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to the social media challenging him to reduce their school fees. Using the hashtag, #ReduceAAUATuition, the students noted that the over 200% increase was not favourable to them.

In the past one year, the AAUA students have been a sustained disagreement of the university management and its proprietors led by Mr Akeredolu.

As students were about writing their semester examinations when the university threatened to implement its “no school fees, no exam” policy. 

Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor

Following recently the sustained protests on its campus, EduCeleb.com reported that the university declared a three week break for students stating the exams would suspended earlier would now hold from Monday, 26th May.

Thereafter, continued intervention by the students’ union leadership and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did little to make the government review its position on the fee increase.

#ReduceAAUATuition highlights challenges students face

Some noted that things had got worse on the campus rather than getting better since the increment as others highlighted other challenges.

In one instance, a student referred to the work-study programme, which said used to give indigent students the opportunity to pay the old fees but was practically not effective anymore since the fee hike.

Admitting that education cannot be free, another student sought that avenues that would ensure that fees are affordable.

Some tweets highlighted the challenges of increasing dropout rates and prostitution and harassment, as a result.

Even an alumni member of the university added was not left out in the online protest.

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