The Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has taken blows over the recent increase in the tuition fee of the state hospital for teaching medical sciences, Ondo, which required non-indigenous and indigenous people studying dentistry in the ‘institute in the preclinical years to pay N2.245 million and N1.320 respectively.
In a new program released by the school’s management, the fees to be paid by non-indigenous students were 59% higher than what indigenous students would have paid.
The development has been described as shocking, inhumane and unacceptable by students, parents and the opposition party.
Furthermore, non-indigenous students studying medicine in the preclinical year have to pay N2.245 million per session while indigenous students have to pay N1.320 million per session.
THISDAY found that the only courses with low fees are Biochemistry and Physiology for which non-indigenous students have to pay 400,000 N while indigenous students have to pay 350,000 N per session.
Meanwhile, the rector of the University, Professor Adesegun Fatusi, declared that there is no going back on the new fee schedule, underlining that the new fee concerns the admission of students to the new academic session and in line with the commitment to offer a quality education.
“Parents have an option. It is not mandatory for their children to study here. Other medical schools are available.
“We run this school with almost no tuition fees. This school is a specialized school and we cannot continue with the previous fees, ”said Fatusi.
A student of the institute, Mr. Ajayi Kehinde, told THISDAY that “we were paying N350,000 and it was difficult, how does the government want our parents to get this huge amount of money? This needs to be looked into. “
A parent who identified himself as Mrs. Adewole called on the state government to overrule her decision in the interest of the poor masses.
Reacting, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has confronted Akeredolu over the astronomical tax increase, noting that the increase is a silent warning to parents who could not afford the new tax regime to withdraw their children.
The declaration signed by the Secretary of State for the publicity of the PDP by Mr. Kennedy Peretei, we read: “Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has never hidden his propensity to raise taxes in tertiary institutions since he took over the leadership of the state. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko and Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa had suffered serial closures due to student protests on the edge of the tax hike.
“Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, has shrunk to a student population of 1,753 from over 9,000 due to tax hikes. Most of the private residential student accommodation in Owo is now empty. The economy of the ancient city was also negatively affected.
“UNIMED parents and students got a shock in their lives when they noticed a nearly 120 percent tax hike for the 2021/2022 session. No explanation was given for this excursion. Medical students must pay up to N1,320,000.00 against N515,000.00 payable in the previous academic session (2020/2021).
The party noted that “at Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti Medicine and Surgery students require only N468.750.00 for the 2021/2022 session. For Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye N176,396.00 will be sufficient for the same course. “
He called on the governor and the APC led the government to wear a human face in making decisions that affect the well-being of future leaders.
“A government that only brings pain to the people through policies of this nature is no longer worthy of its stay in power.
“If neighboring states with lower incomes ask for lower fees, why does Ondo State University have to drop out of university because of one man’s wickedness?
“Education is the only sector for which the state of Ondo is known. If the administration in charge cannot improve our lots, it is best not to complicate a bad situation.
Source: – Thisdaylive