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School resumption: Parents groan as proprietors hike fees, textbooks, uniforms



As primary and secondary schools across the nation resume for the 2022/2023 academic session, parents are lamenting the decision of many school owners to hike the fees payable by each pupil.

In the face of the current economic hardship, DAILY POST reports that there is an increased cost of textbooks, uniforms, sports wear and others.

In most schools, parents complain that they are not allowed to get the books or uniforms elsewhere, rather they are mandated to buy same from the schools immediately the pupils resume.

Parents and guardians, who spoke with our correspondent, said they were contemplating changing their children’s schools because of their inability to raise the school fees charged.

There are some who maintained they may take “the worst decision” by taking their wards to government-owned schools, saying they (the parents) also attended public schools.

“I am just coming from my grandson’s school. He is in Primary 2. They told me that the books he would buy is N28,000 and we are to buy from the school at once. That’s too much. The school fee has also been increased from N15,000 to N25,000. It seems these proprietors are not considering the nation’s economic situation at all

“I don’t know if he will resume school on Monday. I may consider taking him to an affordable one or worst still, to a good public school,” Alhaja Memunat Agboworin, told our correspondent in Sagamu.

Mr Seyi, a media practitioner said parents were the ones to decide what is affordable for them, saying he would never be forced by any school to buy textbooks from it.

According to him, parents should be given the list of books and should be allowed to buy the books anywhere they want.

Seyi posited that “selling textbooks is not anything wrong, but it must not be done to extort the poor parents.”

The father of three advised parents to enroll their kids in schools they can afford instead of trying to impress the society.

“Parents need to wise up these days, many of us also like to ‘belong’. It is better for me to take my wards to a school where I will pay their fees without stress, financially.

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“I can’t take my wards to schools where we’ll pay through our noses. Those proprietors are not showing mercy at all. I will first of all ask questions before enrolling my children in any school. My daughter got admission into a popular public secondary school in Abeokuta. I was given the list of books and they invited the publishers to bring their books. I went to Sapon to price the books. At the end of the day, I bought those that are cheaper and those I can’t get at Sapon from them. I headed to Sapon to buy the rest. You won’t believe the price difference is in thousands of Naira.

“Parents need to cut their coats according to their clothes and proprietors should consider the parents before taking decisions that have to do with money,” Seyi stated in a chat with our correspondent.

In his words, Ibrahim Osho recalled when parents would be given the list of books to buy, saying schools nowadays were after making money at the expense of poor parents.

“Unlike in the olden days when parents were given a list of books and samples of the school uniforms to purchase and sew them wherever you like, things have changed now.

“I still recall when I first entered Overcomer Nursery and Primary School Ijebu Ode in the 90s. I was taken to one Ogunde Bookshop to buy textbooks and taken to New Market to buy a sample of the uniform. But now, every school is after making money, all because the system isn’t helping them,” Osho posited.

Speaking, a mother of one, who identified herself as Aina explained how her daughter’s school sent her the amount to pay for the first term, tagging it as the ‘New Bill’.

In a copy of the new bill made available to our correspondent, an SS1 student of the secondary school located at Ibadan (name withheld) is charging N147,000 for the term.

According to the bill, the tuition is N60,000; the list of books is N52,000; two pairs of uniform, N13,000; sport wears, N8,000; Thursday wears cost N2,500, while Friday wears cost a sum of N2,000.

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Also, each pupil is expected to pay N3,500 for laboratory; N3,000 as development levy; N2,000 for maintenance and N1,000 for a necktie.

It was gathered that most parents are not finding it easy to raise money to foot the new bill.

No school fees, no entry

Meanwhile, some schools have warned parents not to bother bringing their children for resumption if they are yet to pay the recommended fees.

In most of the private schools, security guards at the gate have been ordered to ask for evidence of payments before pupils are allowed into the premises.

Sharing his experience, Mr Citizen Nagazimab, said, “My kids’ school sent a text telling us about an increase in school fees. ‘No be that one pain me’ because it is understandable, but the subtle threat that the fees must be paid on or before resumption, ‘pain me well well!’”

Our correspondent gathered that the trend has extended to private universities, as they now ask for receipts before allowing students into their campuses.

It’s not our fault – School proprietor

Meanwhile, the Proprietor and Principal of Perfect Assurance Academy, Ilaro Ogun State, Yinusa Babatunde, has said the increase in school fees should not be blamed on school owners.

In an interview with DAILY POST, Babatunde said private schools were meant for those who can afford it, asking the government to reform public schools.

He said most proprietors obtain loans in order to meet up with standards, saying the economy is not friendly with proprietors too.

“Our major challenge is funding. School business is a serious business that requires much financial involvement. In order for us to meet up, we go into loans with exorbitant interest rates. All these are done to be able to fit into the business appropriately. Another angle is manpower. Many are not ready to teach as they prefer other self-sustaining jobs to teaching. High debt rate from parents is the peak of it all,” he said.

Asked if these were the reasons parents were being extorted by schools, he retorted: “We are not extorting parents. What happened is that the high cost of production of educational materials as a result of foreign exchange is not helping the schools. As for the uniforms, schools are trying their best to package their business and those attires and packages being introduced make them special and different from their peers. Whoever says education is too expensive should try ignorance.”

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On why textbooks are sold at high costs by schools, Babatunde explained that, “Majority of the books sold out there are pirated. Kindly make a visit to those publishers’ offices and compare the books with the ones sold in the market. Majority of the schools collect these books on credit from the publishers. We return the money after the sales. Without doubt, piracy is making publishers back out of the business of publishing.

“Those books are of different editions. How do you know the one the school is using if you don’t buy from the school? Again, those pirated copies are poorly printed with bad pictures. This affects the learners whenever they are using the books.”

In his request to the government, the educationist urged that, “Government needs to be sincere with education. No quality service can be free. Proper monitoring of schools is important to put us on our toes. If public schools are well structured, private schools will benefit from it. It will reduce the crowding in private schools. We need people and not crowds. Private school is for those that can afford it. Now, everybody sees us as the only means to qualitative educational services.

“That is why I said the government should put public schools in order. It will reduce the pressure from private schools.”

Advising parents, Babatunde charged them to endure and cut their coats according to their clothes.

“Parents should not enroll their children in schools based on status or popularity of the school, but rather on what they can afford,” he submitted. (Daily Post)

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NDDC Invites Applications for 2023/2024 Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship




The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has announced the commencement of the application process for its 2023/2024 Foreign Post Graduate (Masters) Scholarship Programme.

This marks a significant stride in the Commission’s unwavering commitment to fostering human resource development and empowerment of the youths in the Niger Delta region.

Aiming to cultivate empowerment and specialization, this initiative is designed to equip the vibrant minds of the region with indispensable skills and training. The goal is to facilitate their meaningful participation in the Federal Government’s local content programme and to enable them to excel in various professional disciplines, enhancing their global competitiveness.

Diverse Opportunities for Study:
The programme offers a broad spectrum of fields, including diverse engineering disciplines like Biomedical, Software, and Marine, and cutting-edge domains such as Artificial Intelligence and Math/Sciences. Opportunities also extend to Health and Social Sciences, with options in Medical Sciences and Law, as well as Environmental and Physical Sciences, including Architecture and Environmental Science.

Eligibility and Application:
Eligibility is reserved for individuals originating from the Niger Delta Region, possessing relevant Bachelor’s Degrees with commendable classifications from recognized institutions. Prospective candidates are invited to submit their applications online through our official website [](, with the application window closing five weeks from the date of this announcement.

Rigorous Selection Process:
Candidates will undergo a comprehensive selection process, including preliminary shortlisting, a computer-based test in Rivers State, and final verification through respective Local Government Areas and Community Development Committees. The scholarship amount will be determined based on the prevailing exchange rate of the Naira.

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For detailed information on application procedures, required documentation, and other relevant aspects, applicants are encouraged to visit []( Further enquiries can be directed to:

Director, Education, Health and Social Services, NDDC
Mobile: +234(0)9137806550, +234(0)9049409391

The NDDC remains steadfast in its mission to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative, and politically harmonious. We extend our sincere best wishes to all applicants and eagerly anticipate welcoming the scholars who will contribute to shaping a brighter future for the region.

Pius Ughakpoteni
Director, Corporate Affairs
September 28, 2023.

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Anxiety as UNIZIK panel suspends, dismisses three lectures, 15 others




Tension has gripped the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, as a panel recommended the dismissal, suspension, and expulsion of more than 14 individuals, including both staff and students, for various offences.

The implicated individuals comprise a Priest and three lecturers, with additional students facing expulsion for offences like aiding and abetting.

This information was disclosed in an official release signed by Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, the special adviser to the Vice Chancellor for Public Relations and Special Duties, and provided to journalists in Awka on Sunday, September 24.

Recall that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, has been grappling with a major challenge related to sexual harassment, extortion, and various transgressions within the University.

Three lecturers were accused of extorting funds from students who successfully completed their courses, and employing fellow students to carry out these malevolent acts.

“The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has taken disciplinary actions against the following staff and students for various offences.

“Principal Executive Officer 11, abandoned his duty post for a considerable length of time. As a result, he was indicted for gross misconduct and suspended from duty for six months to serve as a deterrent to other officers

“Senior Executive Officer was indicted for fraudulent financial transaction concerning the University. She was suspended for six months on half salary” the Varsity said

The Reverend priest and another were both accused of aiding and abetting examination misconduct after collecting gratification from students.

One of the lecturers was indicted for clearing and graduating a student, who had 12 outstanding courses.

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The panel recommended that he should be dismissed from the services of the University, while the result should be withdrawn and further credentials such as Certificates and Transcripts should not be issued.

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IMT must reclaim its past glory, Gov. Mbah vows as Panel of Inquiry submits report



Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has reiterated the determination of his administration to return the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu to its past glory.

Mbah stated this at the Government House, Enugu, while receiving the report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Accounts, Management Practices and Staff Conduct in the institute, which the government set up in August.

The Governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, who said the report of the Committee would serve as one of the pillars for the planned reforms in the institution and across all levels of education in the state.

“It is important to state that the essence of this Committee was initially misconstrued, but His Excellency was very clear on what he wants to see in the education sector and it ranges from what happens at the elementary all the way to the tertiary levels.

“This is the first of many processes like this, to make sure that the IMT, which is also a historical institute of excellence, is restored to its glory. But we do not want to speak to the issues subjectively. That was why this Committee was set up to provide guidance for the government to start the process of reform using the empirical data.

“What we want is for IMT to return to its old glory both from the governance point of view and also from the selection point of view and the quality of faculty that is there.

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“Faculty quality is very important so that the graduating students are able to meet the level of performance to be competitive locally and globally.

“The IMT was set up with the level of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. So, the fact that we have retrogressed over the years should be a thing of concern to every citizen of Enugu State and every parent that hopes that his or her child passes through IMT as a higher institution of education.

“So, I am very happy that you did not just submit a report, but you also submitted a report with evidence to back up every assertion made here. I have not read this report, but I am confident that for you to have brought this report and also brought a pile of evidence to back up every thing that you have said, allows us to verify some of the things here before we start to implement them.

“The governor is determined that as we begin to work on IMT, to change the governance process and address some of the key recommendations here, this report becomes a guidance to other higher institutions in Enugu State”.

Meanwhile, speaking at the event, Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Edd Nwobodo, thanked the Dr. Peter Mbah administration for the steps taken and for finding them worthy to carry out the job.

Also throwing more light on their work after the presentation, Prof. Nwobodo told newsmen that the Committee’s work was essentially centred on pillars of reforms needed at the IMT.

“It is a reform-bias type of work essentially to get things done the right way. It was basically to ask the necessary questions, look at the systems, practices, and consequences for the manifestation of those systems”, he said.

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Recall that the Enugu State Government set up the Committee in August to evaluate the legal and policy framework underpinning the constitution of the Business Committee and thoroughly analyse the various categories of fees charged to students, investigating the methods of payment, designated accounts for transactions, and the overall management of fee-related processes.

The Committee was also mandated to assess the degree of adherence to pertinent laws, regulations, and institutional policies in the selection and appointment of staff members, particularly those occupying key positions such as Heads of Department, Deputy Rector, among others; identify and scrutinise all streams of revenue generation for the institution, delving into the mechanisms for revenue collection, proper accounting practices for remittances, and the overall management of these financial resources.

They were also to investigate any instances of undue financial demands imposed on students either by lecturers or the administrative body, regardless of the pretext used; explore any other relevant areas that may emerge in the course of addressing the aforementioned issues: and to conduct a comprehensive examination leading to well-founded conclusions and recommendations concerning the matters outlined.

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