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Lagos rejects school fee review calls

05 May 2014, 13:16

Lagos -  The Lagos State government has insisted that it would not review school fees at the State University (LASU) despite protests by parents and rights groups.

Reacting to the call for a review of the fees, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Ade Ipaye, said the current fees paid by the students could not sustain the university.

“You may not know this, but I can tell you that the fee been paid now by the students cannot even sustain the university. It cannot even pay the salaries of lecturers let alone build any infrastructure. In that situation, we had to innovate. Our resolve as a government is that we cannot run a university the way LASU is currently being run. We have resolved that if we are going to run a university, we had better just run it properly," he said.

Ipaye however said that the State Government had stepped up its scholarship scheme to help indigent student who may not be able to afford the exorbitant school fee.

He said more indigent student would now benefit from the scheme.

Some nongovernmental organisations including the Nigeria Bar Association recently joined the call for the state government to review the universities school fees which they said were is beyond the reach of most families.

Fees at the state-owned universities currently range from N200 000 to N300 000.

– CAJ News

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