The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has called on the federal government to take immediate steps to prevent fee increases and unfair policies in tertiary institutions in the country.
This came as it expressed concerns over the decision of the management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to withhold examination from students who have not fully paid their school fees.
The Nigerian students umbrella body,in a statement by its president, Lucky Emonefe, urged “the University Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to reconsider their decision and find alternative solutions that do not discriminate against students based on their financial status.
“This policy is worrisome because many students and their families are currently facing financial challenges and may not be able to afford the full payment at once. By denying them the opportunity to take their exams, their academic future is jeopardized, which contradicts the principle of equal access to education,”the statement read.
NANS however, called on the Minister of Education, to “intervene in this matter and ensure that all tertiary institutions in the country adhere to fair and inclusive policies regarding school fees and exams.”