Obafemi Awolowo University Slashes Tuition Fees Following Student Protests-In a major response to student protests and demands, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, has announced a significant reduction in tuition fees. The decision comes after a series of meetings between university officials and student representatives.
In a statement released on Monday, the Public Relations Officer of OAU, Abiodun Olanrewaju, revealed that the university administration had heeded the calls of the students and opted to revise the recently increased tuition fees.
The Students Union had persistently advocated for a 50% reduction in fees, asserting that the initial charges were financially burdensome for many. The university management, however, defended the initial fee hike, emphasizing its necessity to sustain efficient operations.
According to the statement, Vice Chancellor Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire conveyed the revised fee structure as follows:
– Returning students in Humanities will now pay #76,000 instead of the initial #89,200.
– New Humanities students will be charged #131,000 instead of #151,200.
– Returning students in Sciences and Technology will pay #86,000, down from #101,200.
– New students in these faculties will be charged #141,000, reduced from #163,200.
– Returning students in Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences will now pay #109,000, down from #128,200.
– New students in these faculties will be charged #164,000 instead of the initial #190,000.
Furthermore, the university management has agreed to allow students to pay these fees in two equal installments, providing some financial relief to the student body.
This development marks a significant concession from the university administration in response to the concerns of the student community and highlights the power of collective student action in influencing institutional policies.