KASU suspends undergraduate academic activities indefinitely – Registrar

Undergraduate students of Kaduna State University had protested a hike in their school fees from between N24,0000 and N36,000 to between N100,000 and N400,000.

The Kaduna State University (KASU) has suspended academic activities for its undergraduate students indefinitely.

KASU Registrar, Samuel Manshop, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement in Kaduna.

Mr Manshop, who did not give reasons for the suspension, however, said academic activities would continue for postgraduate programmes, college of medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and part-time programmes.

“The management of KASU wishes to notify staff, students and the public that academic activities for undergraduate students have been suspended indefinitely.

“Postgraduate programmes, college of medicine, faculty of pharmaceutical sciences and part-time programmes are to continue with their activities.

“Staff are also expected to report to work as usual, while management will communicate further developments,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that undergraduate students had protested a hike in school fees from between N24,0000 and N36,000 to between N100,000 and N400,000.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the students demanded that the state government reversed the increment which they claimed was meant to deny them western education.

The new fees schedule in the student’s portal shows that returning students will pay a flat rate of N100,000 irrespective of the course of study and indigenisation, the new students, indigenes will pay N150,000 for art and humanities and N171,000 for sciences while non-indigenes would pay N221,000 minimum.

Also for social sciences, indigenes will pay N170,000, non-indigenes will pay N200,000 while indigenes admitted to study medicine would pay N300,000 while non-indigenes would pay N400,000.

The students, who began the protest since the increment was announced in April, demanded a reversal of the new school fees.

The students were shut out of the school premises amid plans to continue protesting the hike in school fees on Monday.

Security personnel acting on the orders of the University management closed the gate denying them entrance into school.

Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarebe, who addressed the students last week acknowledged that the upward review of tuition fee was a painful, but necessary decision.

She added that it was the only way the institution can stay afloat.

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