Students of the Kwara State University (KWASU) in Malete, Kwara State, on Monday, protested the 300 per cent hike of their hostel exemption fee from N5,000 to N20,000.
The fee is mandatory for fresh and final year students who opt not to reside in the school’s N65,000 per year hostel facility.
The controversial levy is also a prerequisite for the ongoing registration of courses for the semester.
The students occupied the entrance point of the school, which was under lock, in large numbers on Monday.
“There were no classes today. Even the staff didn’t show up. Most students were outside in the morning protesting,” a 300-level student of Microbiology department who participated in the action, told this newspaper.
Many students, who spoke with our reporter, condemned the move by the school management.
“I think the major issue for the school right now is finance. The school feels they’re not getting enough and that’s why any little opportunity they always want to increase school fees or other fees.
“But all this increment uncalled for and it is too much. It is telling on us seriously, especially after the COVID-19. Things are not really the same. It is not easy for some of our parents when its not like we’re in a private institution,” a student said.
Another student said the protest had a backdrop of many issues, including the poor state of the hostels.