The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has encouraged the federal government to take hasty measures to avert fee increases and unbalanced policies in tertiary institutions across the country.
This call followed the decision of the management of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, in Umudike to hold back examinations from students who have not yet to fully paid their school fees.
While lamenting that the development was worrisome given the current financial situation of Nigerians, NANS had in a statement by its president, Lucky Emonefe, encouraged the University Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to review its decision and find alternative solutions that do not discriminate against students based on their financial status.”
Emonefe additionally said that the policy was daunting because a lot of students and their families were currently facing financial challenges and might not be able to afford the full payment at a go.
NANS, the student association had emphasised that by starving students of the opportunity to take their exams, their academic future was endangered, contradicting the human right principle of equal access to education.
The student body had also called on the Minister of Education, to intervene into the matter and make sure that all tertiary institutions in the country stuck to fair and inclusive policies regarding school fees and examinations.