Students of Babcock University took to Twitter today to protest an increase in their school fees by the school’s administration.
Students of the school lamented on the hike in fees and pleaded for a reduction to make education accessible for all. The new payment regime sees an increment in prices in almost every category, causing a huge gross increase in total fees.
According to the new tuition fees for 2015/2016 undergraduates, curbed from the school’s website, the two meal per day which previously cost N94,300 has been increased to N113, 1160 with 3-meal option rising from N141,450 to N169, 740. Hostel accommodation also increased from N70,000, N100,000 and N150,000 to N84,000, N120,000 and N180,000 respectively.
Tuition fees including hostel and feeding of medical students also increased to 3million. Other charges added to the tuition fees amounted to N3,116,000 for medical students.
New law students will be paying N1,362,840 minus feeding and accomodation while returning students pay N802,960 minus feeding and accommodation.
New Marketing students will be paying N675,340 minus feeding and accommodation while a 400level student of computer science will pay will pay 805,260 minus feeding.
The new tuition fees cut across all faculties of the school and least of all the tuition fees is not less than N650,000 minus feeding and accommodation. The students have thus reacted to the increment, saying that education should be easily accessible to citizens and should not be a burden on parents considering the present situation of the country.
The Director, communication and marketing at Babcock, Mr. Joshua Suleiman, said the increment in fees is due to the present economic situation and new exchange rate. According to him, “We have not increased the fees for the past four years like other private institutions and we had to do it now due to the present economy situation and the cost of service which have gone up.” He added that the hike in fees is to render quality service to the parents and students.
A student of the institution who pleaded anonymity said they have little option but to resort to the social media to express their dissatisfaction since the school does not tolerate any form of physical protest, as it considers it a grievous offence which calls for suspension and expulsion.
Babcock University is a private Christian co-educational Nigerian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ilishan-remo, Ogun state, Nigeria.