The Lagos State University Students Union on Wednesday said that returning students of the institution had yet to accept the new tuition fee as directed by the university’s Governing Council.
The union’s President, Mr Nurudeen Yusuf, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that only 900 newly admitted students for the 2013/2014 academic session had paid the fee.
NAN reports that authorities of LASU had on June 23 said that more 900 students had paid the tuition.
The university’s Governing Council had on June 20 released a breakdown of the tuition fee as N76 and 750 to N158 and 250 for categories of students.
The breakdown was sequel to the June 11 reduction of the tuition by between 34 per cent and 60 per cent.
The reduction was directed by the state government.
According to Yusuf, the total number of students who have paid the fee should have been more than 2,000, if returning students had complied.
“We are about 8,000 students in LASU; the 2013/2014 newly admitted students are 1,014, which means only 900 could afford to pay before their matriculation.
“If the management claims that over 900 students have paid, it is the newly admitted students and definitely not the returning students,” he said.
The union leader said that the students would continue to defend their position on the fee.
NAN reports that the students are insisting that the fee should be reduced to N46,500 for returning students, while fresh students should pay N65, 500.
The tuition fee was increased from N25,000 in 2011 to N198, 000 for humanities and education, while medical students pay N350, 000. (NAN)