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Students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital have protested over a newly introduced fee of N20, 000, which the management claimed to be for upgrading the school website.
The students had on Monday, taken to social media platforms to call the attention of the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun over the issue.
The students argued that the fee was a means to extort them, adding that the Poly authority has increased school fl and acceptance fees at different times.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that, the students, under the aegis of concerned students, described the management as inconsiderate, noting that there is economic hardship in the country.
A returning student, Olalude AbdulLateef lamented that, after he has obtained the form, he is yet to raise fund for his acceptance fee.
AbdulLateef noted that he is sponsoring himself to school, saying the newly introduced fee will hinder his planned budget for his Higher National Diploma programme.
He said,”the school did not mention N5,000 on an individual. They are saying N20k for upgrading of portal; this is a sign that they will increase other fees; I think it’s better one considers it before coming back for HND.”
Another returning student, Tijani Kudirat, said the fee was not necessary at this time.
She said, “When we obtained ND form, was it not N4,000 back then? I have spent about N21,000 to obtain HND form already. Which N20,000 again?
“Acceptance fee that was N25,000, the school increased it to N35,000; and that is not enough.
“Are we supposed to be the one to pay for the upgrading of the portal? Why are we paying school fee then? The way at which this school extorts money from us is just too much.
According to her, if at all they want to charge any fee for such, it shouldn’t be above N5,000 or less for each students, adding that the number of students that will be admitted is not small.
Kudirat said, “Even if the upgrading of the portal is for the students’ benefit, the money is supposed to come out from the school’s cover, not from us.”
Also speaking, the immediate past President of the Student Union Government, Babatunde Abdulganiy (Babs) declared that the fee is not necessary.
The Computer science student further said the management needs to come clean, adding that the charge for upgrading of the portal is exorbitant.
In his words: “Firstly, the fee is unnecessary. You’re expecting students to pay N20,000 for upgrading of portal. It is something that I personally see as a means of extorting the students.
“If you’re asking the students to pay, then what is the school fee for? Upgrading of a portal is not an individual something that you will ask each student to pay for.
“What type of upgrading do they want to do that requires such amount of money. At least, I am a tech student. So, what type of upgrading they want to do that requires that huge amount of money?
“If they actually upgrade it now, will the coming set not going to be asked to pay another N20k again? There are a lot of questions we need to ask. “What type of portal they want to do? Is it not the portal we have been using so far? Is it the portal that will ease the process of registration and all those?
“So, the management coming up with such amount in this type of economy is just so harsh on the part of the students”, Babs said.
Also, a fresh graduate from the school, Afolabi Wasiu, stressed that increment of fees is not a new phenomenon in MAPOLY.
The Mass Communication graduate said that, despite the suffering of students, they continue to strive to be educated, yet, the school authority is not helping the situation.
He added, “It’s just so disheartening that things have to always be this way. When I think of how far education has lost its value in our society and I still see lots of students trying to push harder, struggling just to see that they still acquire this so called education.
“The recent uproar about the increment of fees isn’t the first of its kind here in our institution. Recalled that I became a student of MAPOLY in 2019, I’ve seen fees increased without any consideration on students.”
Wasiu recalled how the school has allegedly increased fees overtime.
He said, “In 2019, Acceptance fees use to be N25,000 while medical use to be 10,000 and also, school fees was minimal and we even had the privilege to pay our school fees in 2 segment which is 60/40. It’s so disheartening that right now, reverse is the case.”
The former student further said, “This has been their tactics, to always increase fee when they are about to begin a new session so that students currently in school won’t raised their voice as they won’t be affected as at that moment. The target are always new students seeking admission, this is purely extortion.”
Meanwhile, effort to reach the SUG president, Sodiq Ajani failed as he did not answer his call nor reply to message.
Also, attempt to get comment from the Head, Public Relations and Protocol of the school, Yemi Ajibola proved abortive as he claimed that he was busy.
“Call me back. I am busy”, he briefly said.
When the PRO was contacted later, he refused to comment, saying only if the reporter can come to his office the next day.
Meanwhile, a press statement posted on the social media page of the polytechnic, and signed by Ajibola, stated that the fee is for the upgrading of the school portal.
He stated that, contrary to rumour that the fee was an increment on the school fee, the fee is to launch a digital platform for the students registration.
“Sequel to a rumour making round on upward review of tuition fees, the Management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta hereby affirms that the school fees regime remains unchanged.
“Also, acceptance fee remains N35,500 only, while the newly introduced registration fee of N20,000 only, is for all newly admitted applicants, who are to enjoy the launching of full digital registration process on the Institution’s upgraded portal”, the statement reads in part.
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