KwaraPoly Tuition Slashed Reduced By N5,000
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has this Tuesday, 5th December reduced the tuition fee at the Kwara State Polytechnic (Kwarapoly) by N5,000.
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The reduction of the tuition was done as a reaction to Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s intervention, pressing against any increment in tuition fees payable by students.
The Kwara State Governor, however, claimed that Kwarapoly had not maintained the fees that it charged in the 2016/2017 academic session, but had effected a N500 reduction in the tuition fees to be paid for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The information was made known by Governor Ahmed in a Facebook post and was also made available to news correspondents in Ilorin, Kwara State via Whatsapp by the senior Assistant to Ahmed on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede.
Saraki, however, who is a former governor of the state, and a political leaser of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, had on said on Monday that Kwarapoly had effected an increase in its tuition, according to facts available to him.
Saraki said, “Students from my constituency sent me the details of the school fees that the Registrar of the Kwara State Polytechnic released for the 2017/2018 academic session through WhatsApp.
“After reviewing it, I found out that there has been a deliberate attempt to confuse and mislead the state government and the general public.
“It is obvious that a second-year student in 2017/18 is now expected to pay N20,000 more than second-year students paid in the 2016/17 session. This is contrary to the claim contained in the statement released by the institution just last week.”
He added, “With the present economic situation, this increment is unacceptable. I stand by my earlier position that education must be affordable for every willing citizen because it is the bedrock of development.
“Any increase in the school fees must be stopped now.”
Following Saraki’s statement, the Kwara State Government has effected a decrease in the tution fees of Kwarapoly by a N5,000 difference.
Governor Ahmed said that the directive had been given in consideration of Saraki’s concerns about the inability of guardians and parents to pay tuition fees.
He also saod that the reduction was in recognition of the current economic hardship being encountered in the country.
Ahmed said, “In recent days, our government has become aware of complaints by students, parents and stakeholders regarding the alleged increase in Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, fees.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Kwara State Polytechnic has not only maintained the fees charged in the 2016/2017 academic session, it has also effected a N500 reduction in the fees payable in the 2017/2018 session.
“Nevertheless, I have taken serious note of the concerns expressed by stakeholders in the state, including the Senate President, His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki, about students, guardians and parents’ capability to pay the specified fees.”
He added, “Having considered the above and recognising the current economic challenges facing families in the country, I hereby urge the management of Kwara State Polytechnic to reduce its current fees by N5000.00.
“While thanking those who intervened in this misunderstanding with a view to make us reach an amicable solution, the public is hereby invited to note that the Kwara State Polytechnic relies on school fees to meet its obligations to students and staff.”