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    School resumption: Ondo parents groan as school fees, text book price soar



    With the new academic session beckoning, the signs of back-to-school are everywhere, particularly as parents hit the market for last-minute purchases.

    Meanwhile, amid the usual back-to-school frenzy, worry clouds the air in Akure, the Ondo State capital, following the recent economic hardship, worsened by the removal of fuel subsidy and the inflation sweeping across sectors.

    According to findings by Freelanews, prior to the abrupt economic downturn, primary school fees ranged between N35,000 and N50,000 per term.

    For the fees for secondary, they used to hover around N65,000 and N150,000.

    However, inflation has pushed these figures significantly higher, with parents with wards in primary school now facing a steep increase to about N75,000 to N120,000 per term.

    Similarly, the cost of textbooks and uniforms has now escalated to an overwhelming level.

    This drastic surge in education-related expenses has left many parents feeling depressed.

    Funmi Omoniyi, a single mother of three, while lamenting the development, Freelanews told  that “the fees are higher, the cost of books has nearly doubled, and every day expenses have spiralled out of control.

    “If I spend more on education, how can I provide for my basic needs at home? How do I feed my children; it’s killing.”

    Another parent, Mr. Aliyu, who shared his frustration, stressed that “the removal of fuel subsidy has had a spiral effect on almost every aspect of our life, including education.

    “It is disheartening to see the dreams and aspirations of our children being constrained by these financial challenges,” he said.

    In order to cope with the circumstances, many families are turning to a variety of coping techniques. They are sticking to strict budgets and reducing wasteful spending.

    Mrs Bola Daunsi, a head teacher in one of the private schools in Akure, emphasised that the decision to increase school fees was not taken easily but was driven by various factors beyond the school’s control.

    Daunsi maintained that private schools are not immune to the economic challenges faced currently across the country.

    The head teacher, however, acknowledged the hardships faced by families as a result of the economic downturn.

    “Rising inflation,escalating operational costs, increased salaries for teaching staff, and the need to maintain high-quality education standards have all contributed to the need for fee adjustments.

    “These adjustments are essential to ensure the continued provision of quality education and the overall sustainability of the schools,” she stated.

    Meanwhile, a civil servant in the Ministry of Education, who craved anonymity, stated that the state government barred government-owned schools from increasing fees.


    Gov. Kefas Grants 50% Tuition Cut for Final Year Nursing Students



    In a move that underscores the commitment of the Taraba State Government to prioritize education and make it more accessible, the Taraba state Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas has approved a significant reduction in tuition fees for final year students at the College of Nursing and Midwifery Jalingo.


    Effective immediately, all final year students pursuing their nursing and midwifery diplomas will benefit from a 50% reduction in tuition fees. This decision aims at alleviating the financial burden on students and their families, ensuring that quality education remains affordable and accessible to all.


    Dr.Agbu Kefas stated, “Education is the bedrock of our society, and we are dedicated to providing opportunities for our students to excel without the undue burden of high tuition costs. We believe that this reduction will not only support our students but also contribute to the development of the healthcare sector in our state.”


    The Taraba State Government remains committed to enhancing the quality of education and healthcare services in the state. This reduction in tuition fees is a significant step towards achieving these goals.

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    NUC approves 26 new programmes for UniAbuja



    National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved 26 new academic programmes for University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) which they are expected to commence from the 2022-2023 academic session.

    The new programmes are, B. ENG. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering; B. ENG. Architecture;. B. ENG. Agricultural Engineering;. BSc. Tourism and Hospitality Management;. BNSc. Nursing; BMLS Medical Laboratory Science; BSc. Journalism and Media Studies; B. Sc. Film and Multimedia Studies; BSc. Strategic Communication.


    Others are BSc Development and Communication Studies; BSc. Public Relations; BSc. Advertising; BSc. Information and Media Studies; BSc. Broadcasting; BSc. Biochemistry; BSc. Zoology; BSc. Botany; BSc. Industrial Design; BSc. Surveying and Geoinformatics.


    Also approved are BSc. Quantity Surveying; BSc. Building; BSc. Estate Management; BSc. Urban and Regional Planning; BSc. Geology and Mining; Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.); LL. B. Common and Islamic Law.


    UniAbuja Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, who shared the information on his Facebook page encouraged prospective students to take advantage of the available programmes in the school.


    He said: “It is time for celebration of the new capacity attained by the great UniAbuja to offer new academic programmes for interested young Nigerians. This is very exciting and no one can take this joy from the University of Abuja.”

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    Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club Donates Books, Bags To Agidingbi Primary School



    LAGOS – In celebration of the World Liter­acy Day 2023, the Ikeja Dynamic Lions Club has during the week put a smile on the faces of the future leaders by donating sta­tioneries and school materials to the pupils of Agidingbi Pri­mary School in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

    As part of its Corporate So­cial Responsibility (CSR), the club donated exercise books, sto­ry books, school bags, and sev­eral other items to the pupils to enable them have a smooth sail in this new academic session.

    Speaking at the event, Opey­emi Sanyaolu, the President, said the club planned to do more for the school, not just because it is a public school, but because the government alone cannot do everything as regards edu­cation.

    “The government cannot do it alone and that is why they need the support of non-govern­ment organisations (NGOs) like ours to support them.

    “The admin block is our next project for the school. We want to change the doors, renovate the building, and upgrade the crèche to make the children feel that ‘Yes, I am in a school,” he said.

    Corroborating, Osunremi Temitayo, the Chairperson and Project Coordinator, 23/24 Lions Service Year, said they had been serving and would continue to give back to the community, es­pecially in uplifting the standard of education.

    Deji Alao, Deputy Director of Education and Head Teacher of Agidingbi Primary School, ap­preciated the club’s gestures of providing for the pupils.

    ‘’They discovered that so many of the pupils do not have books. So, they gave them books so they will be able to write in their classes.

    “They pupils were given the materials for the smooth run­ning of their education,” Alao said.

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