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LASU: Fashola reduses school Fees

A protracted crisis at the Lagos State University over fee hikes that have outraged students and led to protests reached another juncture yesterday with Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State proposing a reduction of tuition.

Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola

Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola


Mr. Fashola made the proposal during a meeting yesterday with the protesting students. The students, under the auspices of Education Rights Campaign (ERC), are demanding full reversal of the hiked fee. They have staged several rallies and protests to press their case.

At the meeting, Mr. Fashola offered to reduce, rather than reverse, the hiked fee. He teased the students and members of the ERC to consult among themselves and propose an acceptable reduction.

“In fact, we believe education should be totally free and not an option of a reduced fee. The government has every resource to achieve that,” said Mr. Hassan Soweto of the ERC.

One protester claimed that, following the controversial hike, the school has continually has had a low number of choice applications from candidates in the annual Unified Tertiary Examinations.
Report has it that, this year, no disciplinary faculty in the institution has up to 500 students.

lasu nd BRF

lasu nd BRF


“This year, for example, there are only 15 students in the Faculty of Law,” the source said. He added that the institution may be considering the option of merging departments and laying off some of the lecturers due to the unfortunate decline in the number of students wishing to enroll at the university.

“It’s sad that the Lagos State government is betraying the legacy of the late great Chief Awolowo who laid the foundation of free education,” said one of the student leaders.

Source: SAHARAREPORTERS

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1 Comment for “LASU: Fashola reduses school Fees”

  1. FEMI B. AJETUNMOBI USA

    CERTAINLY, WE ENJOYED WHAT PA AWO OFFERED TO US BUT THE ERA HAS CHANGED TREMENDOUSLY. POPULATION HAS INCREASED AND REDUCTION IN RESOURCES. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS FREE EDUCATION , INCREASED IN TAXATION HAS TO BE RESULTED AND OTHER SERVICES HAVE TO BE BACK BURNER. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DO NOT PAY NOW , YOU WILL PAY LATER.

    I AM HAPPY FOR THIS AMICABLE RESOLUTION WITHOUT ANY FORM OF CONFRONTATIONS.

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