– Government reduces tuition fees to increase the desire of parents to enrol their children into unity schools.
– Education minister says it is unhelpful to the kids when they insist on the schools their wards must attend.
The Federal Government has reduced the cost of tuition fees and other payment for students at its 104 Colleges, known as Unity Schools.
According to an official of the Federal Ministry of Education, who declined to be named because they were not authorised to speak on the matter, the fees were reviewed downwards; from over N70, 000 to N65,000.
The official added that the government said the objective is to increase the desire of parents to enrol their children into unity schools so they can acquire quality and affordable education being offered in the school, and also, get familiar with people from other parts of the country.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the government has increased the carrying capacity of its schools.
The minister who spoke through the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono, said they have used different incentives, including a downward review of tuition fees to lure more children to unity schools.
“We received several complaints of parents not being able to pay the tuition fees for reason that it is high. The government critically looked at their complaints and decided to slashed the cost of the tuition fees to allow increased participation,” he explained.
The minister also discouraged parents from insisting their children must be admitted into a particular school, and stressed that it is not helpful to the children, who are supposed to have friends across Nigeria, and also, know little things about other people from other parts of Nigeria.
“The essence of unity schools was to provide a platform for children from across Nigeria to study under one roof, make friends and truly understand people from other parts of Nigeria. Anything other than that is against the intentions of unity schools,” he reiterated.