AAU Increases School Fees By 180% For New Students – Medicine now pay 160,000 from previous 4 7,000

Ambrose Alli University AAU

Credible information reaching us confirmed that
the management of Ambrose Ali University,
Ekpoma, Edo State has increase the tuition fees
of newly admitted students for the 2015/2016
academic session.
Ngstudents.com gathered that the
increases in the fees were between 170 per cent
to 240 per cent.
Details of the schedule of fees showed that
medicine had the highest increase from N47,000
to N160,000, a 240 per cent increase.
Natural sciences, Education, Agriculture, and
Physiology had their fees increased from
N41,000 to N112, 500, a 174 per cent increase
Also Business courses like Public Administration,
Business Administration, Economics and Banking
and Finance attracted 175 per cent increase, as
students will now pay N110,000 as against
N40,000 earlier paid by the students.
Engineering courses, microbiology, computer
science, architecture and building had their fees
raised by 172 per cent from N45,000 to N122,
500.
Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Law, and
Accounting was increased from N47,000 to
N127,500 or 170 per cent.
The institute of education would now attract a
fee of N110,000 instead of N40,000 paid last
session, which is a 175 per cent increase.
Arts, Social Sciences and Fine and Applied Arts
got a raise from N34,500 to N96,250, an increase
of 179 per cent.
These are apart from the admission acceptance
fees requiring medical students to pay N75,000
while other students are to pay N60,000.
After settling the fees, students would also be
required to pay other charges such as Students’
Union dues, N1000; AAU Legal/File, N800; AAU
Students welfare assurance, N500; Matriculation
gown, N2000 and Concession fee, N10,000.
Baring any changes, a medical student would
have to pay a whopping N249,300 per session
under the new school fees regime.
It was gathered that students will continue to
pay throughout their study in the institution, what
they paid in their first year.
The increases in school fees has prompted some
students to be at loggerheads with the
management of the school
Findings however showed that because a new
Students’ Union is yet to be inaugurated, there is
currently no rallying point for the incoming
students.
However a group of concerned students have put
themselves together to tackle the management
on the new fees regime.
Calling themselves students’ activists, they have
undertaken to engage the management and
other stakeholders, including parents to force
down the new school fees.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Alex Peter,
said the hike in the fees threatened the
educational sector, as it makes education
completely unaffordable.
“We are not oblivious of the hardship that
Nigerian (AAU Ekpoma) students suffer in their
campuses because of the corruption that has
eaten up the soul of every sector in our society
today,” he said.
“Students that are not paid bursaries, students
that are not paid allowances, students whose
future aren’t guaranteed even after spending
years going through school shouldn’t be
subjected to massive exploitation and
unaffordable, ridiculous and obnoxious school
charges.”
Mr. Peter noted that a students’ caretaker
committee appointed by the school management
after the earlier one was impeached, connived
with the management to impose the new fees.
According to him, the newly elected government
had not been inaugurated and in that situation
could not begin to confront the issues officially.
He said he and his group of students were
calling on the governor of Edo State, Adams
Oshiomole to intervene in the matter and reverse
the hike.
Meanwhile, the management of the institution
has defended the hike in the school fees, saying
it was still affordable and competitive.
The Public Relations Officer and Deputy
Registrar, Information and Protocol, Chris
Adamaigbo, told our correspondent that the fees
did not affect returning students but only newly
admitted students.
According to him, old students would continue to
pay the old rates until they graduate from the
school, noting that it is the policy of the school’s
management to have it so.
Mr. Adamaigbo stated that the increase in the
school fees should not be an issue at the
moment, because those affected were yet to be
students of the institution, wondering why
anyone should be contending the policy.
“If you have an estate and a potential tenant
comes in to rent the place, you will tell him what
you want him to pay, it will be his choice to
decide whether he wants to accept it or not,” Mr.
Adamaigbo said.
“So they have a choice whether to accept it or
not. As we speak no dime has been added to the
fees of returning students.”
He said that a recent accreditation visit from the
National Universities Commission, saw Ambrose
Ali University commended for its modest fees
when compared to other universities of its
category in the country.
Mr. Adamaigbo, however, stated that the matter
was being handled with relevant stakeholders to
ensure that the controversies were resolved
amicably.

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