By Laide Akinboade-Orire
Abuja—National Parents and Teachers Association of Federal Government Colleges, NAPTAFEGC, weekend, rejected the over 300 per cent increase in school fees of unity schools across the country.
National President of NAPTAFEGC, Dr. Gabriel Nnaji, while briefing journalists in Abuja, said the increase from N20,000 to N75, 000, was unacceptable by the parents, stressing that an average parent with more than a child in unity schools would not be able to afford it.
According to him, “The increase of school fees from about N20, 000 to about N75,000 in the unity collages is most untimely and insensitive. The recent increase is a negation of the policy or principle that established the unity colleges, which is to make basic and secondary education affordable and accessible to an average Nigerian student.
An average Nigerian worker whose minimum wage is N18,000 and who has one or two children in the unity college will be unable to keep his or her child or children in the school.”
The association appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and members of National Assembly to compel the Federal Ministry of Education to immediately revert to the old fees, saying the education of Nigerian children was a right and not a privilege.
“The new fees if not reversed, will force parents of these students to withdraw them from unity colleges,” he said. The association also frowned at attempt to commercialise or make the cost of training Nigerian children in the unity colleges beyond the reach of an average Nigerian parents.