The National Parents and Teachers Association of the Federal Government Colleges have reportedly kicked against the increase in fees of unity schools by the Federal Government. The association describes the move as “commercialization of education.”
According to them, if the fees are not reversed, parents will be forced to withdraw their children from the unity colleges.
According to its National President, Dr. Gabriel Nnaji, the organisation said the increment from N20,000 to N75,000 was untimely and insensitive by the government.
Nnaji disclosed that the fee was increased in June 1 by the government.
The communiqué by Nnaji partly read, “The increase of school fees from about N20,000 to about N75,000 in unity colleges is most untimely and insensitive. An average Nigerian worker whose minimum wage is N18,000 and who has one or two children in the unity colleges will be unable to keep his or her child or children in the unity colleges.
“The recent increase is a negation of the policy or principle that established unity colleges which is to make basic and secondary education affordable and accessible to an average Nigerian student.”