Members of the House of Representatives have reproved the collection of acceptance fees from newly admitted students in tertiary institutions in the country.
They consequently called on appropriate authorities to immediately abolish the fees on campuses nationwide.
Adopting a motion initiated by Chinedu Emeka Martins at a plenary session on Wednesday, the lower legislative chamber enforced its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the admission policies and practices of tertiary institutions in the country as they relate to the acceptance fees. This, according to the chamber, would remove all obstacles to the furtherance of studies in the country.
Martins, while moving the motion, mentioned the need to stop the exploitative practices. He added that one of the factors contributing to poor access to tertiary education is the “predatory admission policy” by higher institutions, particularly, payment of the non-refundable acceptance fees, as a condition for admission.
“Having passed through the rigours of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), it was inappropriate to charge admission acceptance fees. Even the federally operated Universities charges admission fees highly,” Martins said.
He claimed that many federal tertiary institutions charge as much as 30,000 naira per student, while some state and private institutions billed significantly more.
“University of Ibadan – N35,000, University of Lagos – N20,000, Ahmadu Bello University – N30,000, Imo State University – N70,000, and Lagos State University – N20,000,” he added.