The Nigerian government says tuition fee for students of Unity colleges across the country remains free while it only reviewed boarding and text book fees.
The government also said that it added uniform fee for the new student in Junior Secondary school one and Senior Secondary school one in the new school fees regime to address concerns of parent paying uniform fees into separate accounts and also to end too much disparity in uniform of students.
Documents obtained by Cross River Hub revealed that the circular titled: approved fee for federal unity colleges for new students was released on 25th of May before President Bola Tinubu assumed office.
The documents also shows that the increase made in the fees for J.S.1& S.S.1 (new students) was not in tuition fees but textbooks, other books and boarding fee.
Similarly, other contents in the same circular ADF/120/DSSE I, addressed to Principals of the Federal government colleges for J.s.1,2 & Senior Secondary School 1&2, indicated increment of N15,000 in boarding fees, N3000 in textbooks and the sum of N2000 added for notebooks.
“The entire fees was reviewed across board not only for JS1 students.
“Uniform was added because of adulterated uniforms procured by parents for uniformity’s sake the school changed the idea so that all parents will buy same color of uniform.”
Recall that a directive was issued in a communique from the Office of the Director of Senior Secondary Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The circular which was signed by the Director of Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir and has its reference number as ADF/120/DSSE/I was dated 25th May, 2023 and addressed to all Principals of Federal Unity Colleges across the country.
“Approved fees/ charges for Federal Unity Colleges (1st Term) for new students are expected to part with ₦100,000 instead of the previous N50,500,000,” the circular read in part.