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Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘high Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities

House of representatives has asked its committee on
tertiary institution and services to investigate “high
acceptance fees” charged by some government-owned
tertiary institutions in the country.
Acceptance fees are usually paid by students offered
admission in universities.
The resolution of the house to order an investigation into
the payment of “high acceptance fees”, followed a motion
moved by Julius Ihonvbere, lawmaker from Edo, during
plenary session on Wednesday.
Leading the debate, Ihonvbere said arbitrary high
acceptance fees charged by some public universities for
new students across the country has become a matter of
great concern to many families.
The lawmaker noted that acceptance fees in some
institutions of learning have become “mere internal revenue-
generating mechanisms, thus constituting an impediment to
the smooth process of entry into universities”.
He added that if left unchecked, the situation may reduce
the number of students gaining admission into tertiary
institutions in the country.
“Also, aware that while some of the institutions are charging
minimal fees, others are charging astronomically, whereas,
others do not charge anything. Most institutions do not
charge acceptance fee against tuition fees, thus raising the
question as to whether the institutions were not established
under
the same law,” he said.
“Worried that the dire consequences of exorbitant
acceptance fees in our public universities have led to many
indigent students losing their admission as a result of their
inability to afford the fees.”
The motion was adopted after it was put to a voice vote by
Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.
The lower legislative chamber also urged the federal
government to increase funding of public universities.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers had, in November 2019, directed
the National Universities Commission (NUC) to “abolish the
payment of acceptance fees in all tertiary institutions”.

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