Latest educational news reaching us today, is that the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto- Ijaniki, Lagos, has finally revealed its tuition fees following protest by students on the recent hike by the school.
While speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, the college’s Spokesman, Mr Odunayo Adebowale, said that the academic institution management board and the students’ representatives had met with the state government.
“Both parties have resolved the disputes, it was jointly agreed to reduce the tuition fee from N120,000 to N95,000,“ he said.
The students of AOCOED on Monday protested over hike in the tuition fees and the delay in the release of their first semester results among other demands.
The protest came few weeks after the protest by students of the Lagos State University (LASU) over similar grievance of hike in school fees.
The management and representatives of the students met on February 3 with the Directorate of Higher Education in charge of Tertiary Institutions to resolve the disputes.
According to him, the protest is uncalled for because the management has begun the process of resolving the disputes before some students decided to demonstrate.
Adebowale said no life was lost during the protest as security agents promptly arrived at the scene to calm the situation, adding that normalcy had returned to the campus.
“The school was not shutdown, some students barricaded the gates and their actions made other students to flee from the campus, “ he said.
However, a member of the Students’ Parliamentary Council, Mariam Salami, told NAN that the protest became necessary because most students were yet to pay their fees due to the hike.
She said that the union had made several consultations to resolve the disputes with the management which demoralised the students and that pushed us to a peaceful demonstration.
She said that the obstruction of movement on Lagos-Badagry Expressway resulted to traffic gridlock, while students fled the campus for fear of the unknown. (NAN)
We hope that more schools like LASU whose student did a social media protest would learn from this.