Owerri - The management of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE), Owerri, has announced the indefinite closure of the institution following a protest by the students on Monday.
The provost of the institution, Dr Blessing Ijeoma, confirmed the closure.
She said with the destruction of the institution’s administrative block and no fewer than nine government vehicles, the management had to issue a directive for students to vacate the school.
“We have approved an indefinite closure of AICE following today’s students’ protest and we have directed that every student should vacate the school premises,” she said.
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The students staged a violent protest against the management of the institution over the hike in both tuition and acceptance fees.
The students said that the management decided to increase the acceptance fee from N10 000 to N30 000 without consultation.
They also alleged that the management raised the school fees from N30 000 to N70 000.
The students said the essence of the protest was to draw the attention of management to their plight.
However, the provost said the students’ claims were baseless and added that hoodlums seized the opportunity to cart away valuables, such as computers, from the ICT centre.
- News 24