FG reportedly bars federal universities from charging tuition fees, describes it as illegal

FG reportedly bars federal universities from charging tuition fees, describes it as illegal

- Th federal executive council said it was against the law for federal universities to charge school fees

- It said some universities were charging per course unit

- The minister of state for education said this will be investigated

The federal executive council has reportedly condemned the paying of school fees in federal universities describing it as illegal.

Daily Trust reports that Anthony Anwuka who is the minister of state for education revealed this on Wednesday, May 9, after the FEC meeting chaired by vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The minister said they were investigating payment of school fees by federal universities "and noted that as of law, no federal university should charge tuition fees." He said some universities were charging by course unit and promised that this would be stopped.

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“We understand some universities now charge fees per course unit and we are going to make sure that we investigate that properly and make it stop.

"Students can pay other auxiliary fees, but not in excess. Various university councils and management should be able to fix what fees students should pay that is affordable and acceptable to the students. That is the position.

"The federal government does not determine fees for private and state universities. It only takes responsibility for fees paid in the federal universities," he said.

Meanwhile, the National Universities Commission (NUC) said it is in the process of allowing 15 more universities to embark on open distance/online learning as this will help solve inadequate access to university education.

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The executive secretary of the NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, said this at a one day symposium on policy and practice in open and distance learning on Tuesday, November 7, in Abuja. He said the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) would improve the quality of education in the country noting that the issue of quality cannot be ignored.

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