The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said he didn’t approve a 300 per cent increase in school fees of federal government colleges across the country.
He said this while speaking with journalists on Tuesday at the inauguration and dissemination of the National Quality Assurance Handbook for Secondary Education in Nigeria.
The National Parents and Teachers Association of Federal Government Colleges recently criticized the ministry over 300 per cent increase in school fees.
The group had told journalists that the increase was from N20, 000 to N75, 000.
However, the minister said he is not aware of the increment.
”I am not aware that the school fees of unity schools have been increased.
”I am the Minister of Education and I am not aware,” he said.
However, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Folashade Yemi-Esan, acknowledged there was an increment.
Mrs. Yemi-Esan, while speaking to journalists, said that the increment was however not 300 per cent as claimed.
”Yes the school fees of federal government colleges have been increased but not 300 per cent as claimed,” she said.
”You are aware of the realities in the country; it is important for the colleges to be able to maintain the students that are there and you must also be aware that these schools are tuition free.
”So, what has been increased is the boarding fees; I do not have the figures but it is not N75, 000.
”It is a list and when you check the breakdown, it is not up to 30 per cent.”
Meanwhile, NAN obtained a Federal Government College, Rubochi, FCT document, indicating that the boarding fee was increased from N8, 000 to N15, 000.