Sunday, 13 October 2013

Naija Private Universities raise tuition

Parents groan as they struggle to educate their children and wards
Interestingly, Nigerian private universities are perhaps the most expensive in this part of the world. ENCOMIUM Weekly’s checks revealed that private school owners have hiked their fees and with school fees ranging from N500,000 to N1.5 million, parents will be paying more when schools resume soon.
Privy sources in some of these private universities, however, revealed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that some rich parents secretly ask the school to constantly hike their fees to enhance their quality. Some even squealed that the move was spearheaded by some of the parents who belong to the group that felt the increase would match their status even if it means excluding the less privileged ones.

In the rank of the most expensive private universities in Nigeria are ABTI  America University in Yola, Adamawa State, Afe Bablola University, Ekiti State and The Bells University, Ogun. These private universities, ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered pay N1.59 million, N1.24 million and N1 million respectively.

Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State is N750,000. Babcock University (Ogun), formerly ASWA is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. But, again its school fees, which keep increasing, is beyond the masses. A parent said his ward would pay about N620,000. That is only if he is in the Arts, Medical and Science students usually spend close to a million per session.

Sir Gabriel Igbinedion’s prestigious university also named after him is equally on the high side. Here are their current school fees: Medical and Surgery, N642,350 Pharmacy, N634,350, Engineering, Accounting and Law Students pay the same amount, while Art  students pay over N500,000 per session. It is N605,000 for Banking and Finance, Computer Science and students of Nursing.

Pastor Adeboye led Redeemer’s University picks N571,000 from student as school fees, while parents pay N555,000 for their wards in Caleb University. At Lead University, the story is same as parents cough out over N550,000 as school fees and Benson Idahosa University pockets N5000,000 as school fees.

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