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The authorities of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, have released reviewed school fees for the institution.

In a statement issued by the Institution’s management on Wednesday, said the new approved school fees were part of the agreement reached after the engagement with government officials, school management and the leadership of the students.

Reviewed school fees

The management also fixed Wednesday 10th of January to Wednesday 31st of January, 2024 as the deadline for the payment of the approved fees.

However, the management warned students against any breakdown of law and order in the institution, while enjoining all students to go about their normal academic activities, as attendance during lecture is mandatory.

The release also affirmed that a robust and fresh Independent Student Electoral Commission will be constituted to prepare for the conduct of the Students Union Election.

The statement reads; “APPROVAL OF FEES PAYABLE BY ALL STUDENTS FOR THE 2023/2024 ACADEMIC SESSION

“You would recall that a meeting of Government Officials, School Management and leadership of the Students was held on Monday, 8th January, 2024 at the office of the Honourable Commissioner for Education and a new fee regime was approved by all stakeholders at the meeting. For the avoidance of doubt, the approved fees are as available in a memorandum released by the Institution’s Bursar.

“The Extended Management equally met today Wednesday 10th January, 2024 to consider the approval and implementation strategies of the approved fees and therefore resolved as follows: that all newly admitted students should proceed to the Institution’s portal for the payment of the approved fees.

Osun Poly Releases Memo Signed By Unknown Official To Reduce Increased Tuition Fee

“That the duration of payment has been fixed for between today Wednesday 10th January and Wednesday 31st January, 2024.

“That no fee increment was approved for the returning students (i.e NDII, NCEII and HNDII students), as they would pay the old fee.

“That lectures will commence immediately and all returning students are to mark attendance at lectures as appropriate.

“That no returning students should interfere in the affairs of the newly admitted students as their fees are not in any way affected by the new fee regime.

“That as a result of series of petitions, unwholesome allegations and misrepresentation on the present Independence Student Electoral Commission (ISEC), the body stands dissolved by the Management with immediate effect. All the Institution’s property in the custody of the dissolved ISEC officials should be submitted to the Students’ Affairs Directorate with immediate effect.

“A robust and newly vigorated ISEC shall be constituted in due course to prepare for the conduct of the Student Union Elections.

All Students are enjoined to go about their normal academic activities as Management would not fold its hands on any breakdown of law and order in the Institution.
Thank you.”

In a viral new school fees document obtained signed by unknown official of the school , shows that the new and existing students for ND and HND would now be paying #147,000, #150,000 and 152,000 respectively.

Earlier proposed school fees
In a swift response, The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Southwest Zone D berates the management decision to increase the tuition fee.

According to the body, “The decision to increase tuition fees for both freshers and satellite campuses at Osun State Polytechnic sparked dissatisfaction among students, prompting the NANS Southwest Zone D to release an official statement addressing the issue. The leadership expressed the need for a comprehensive review of the fee increment, considering its potential impact on students and their families.

“Following the release from NANS Southwest Zone D, proactive measures have been undertaken to engage with the relevant authorities of Osun State Polytechnic. Phone calls have been placed to establish direct communication, ensuring that the concerns raised by the student body are conveyed promptly.

“Constructive dialogues have been proposed with the management of Osun State Polytechnic and government officials responsible for education. These discussions aim to provide a platform for both parties to understand each other’s perspectives, address concerns, and work towards a fair and equitable resolution.

“Authorities have given assurances that a comprehensive review of the tuition fee increment is underway. This indicates a willingness to consider the concerns presented by the NANS Southwest Zone D and the affected student community.

“In light of these actions, the NANS Southwest Zone D leadership appeals to all students and stakeholders of Osun State Polytechnic to remain calm. The emphasis is on trust in the ongoing process and the belief that the demands of the students will be thoroughly examined and addressed.

“The article stresses the importance of unity among students and stakeholders. It encourages a collective approach in supporting the efforts made by the NANS Southwest Zone D leadership on behalf of the student community. Solidarity is deemed crucial in achieving a positive outcome in the current circumstances.

“The NANS Southwest Zone D’s swift response to the tuition fee increment at Osun State Polytechnic reflects a commitment to advocating for the welfare and interests of the student body. As actions progress and dialogues continue, the hope is that a fair and amicable resolution will be reached, ensuring that education remains accessible and affordable for all aspiring students in the region.

Also reacting,the National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Council Osun State Axis rejected the management decision on the increase, while emphasizing that they are highly disappointed in the management and Osun government’s action.

The release reads; “The National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Council Osun State Axis expresses profound concern and disappointment regarding recent actions taken by the management of Osun State Polytechnic Ire and, by extension, the Osun State government.

“This morning, we encountered a circulated memo outlining the new payment structure for both freshers and returning students of the institution. This drastic measure not only raises concerns but also disappoints us, as the institution seems to deliberately subject students to undue stress at the beginning of the new year.

“Education, fundamentally meant to build a nation, loses its transformative power when commercialized. As Nelson Mandela wisely stated, “Education is the best weapon to eradicate poverty.” In a country like Nigeria, where poverty persists, the commercialization of education risks plunging the nation into endemic poverty.

The management of Osun State Polytechnic Ire must reconsider its decision and revert the fees to the previously accepted rates. Additionally, the Osun State government should contemplate reducing school fees not increasing it, as the current fees do not align with economic reality let alone the increased one, especially considering the minimum wage in Osun. The recent exorbitant increase in fees may inflict lasting damage on the institution if corrective measures are not taken.

Emphasizing our stance against the commercialization of education in Osun State, we call upon the Polytechnic Management and the Osun State Government to promptly address our concerns by returning the school fees to their original amounts. Failure to meet this demand will prompt students to take action to restore sanity to the institution, which the recent fee hike has disrupted for everyone.

“We have confidence in the institution’s rector, members of the school authority, and the Osun State government to take immediate action and meet our demands, ensuring the well-being and accessibility of education for all.

“We say; esprit de corps, together we shall achieve more than enough.

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication

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