Tutorial actions on the Akwa Ibom State College, Ikot Akpaden, within the Mpat Enin Native Authorities Space of the state have been halted on Monday for some hours following a peaceable demonstration by college students over hike at school charges.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the college lately introduced a rise of greater than 75 per cent enhance at school charges for recent college students within the 2020/2021 tutorial 12 months.
A supply mentioned new college students, who have been indigenes of the state, have been mandated to pay N90,000, as an alternative of the preliminary N53,000, whereas non-indigenes have been to pay N120,000.
Nonetheless, all returning college students have been to pay the identical quantity they paid final session: N53,000 for indigenes and N73,000 for non-indigenes.
Our correspondent learnt that the protesters, who blocked the primary entrance of the establishment on the Ikot Akpaden campus, nevertheless, didn’t harass or forestall college students or lecturers from going into the varsity atmosphere.
They displayed placards with numerous inscriptions, a few of which learn, ‘NANS calls for fast reversal of faculty charges,’ “#OccupyAKSU’, ‘Mom of all protest,’ amongst others.
A pupil, who spoke on situation of anonymity, advised our correspondent in Uyo that it was unfair for the college administration to extend faculty charges with the tough financial realities within the nation.
“The nation goes by way of severe financial hardship occasioned by COVID-19, and for the varsity authorities to give you a hike at school charges right now could be very disappointing,” the supply mentioned.
He famous that the scholars would resist each try to extend faculty charges.
Efforts to talk with the establishment’s Director of Info, Mr Akaniyene Ibanga, proved abortive, as he didn’t take his cellphone calls.
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