By: Ade Adeleke
Authorities of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) have shut down the institution following protest by students over the decision of the management to impose “no payment of tuition, no test/no exam policy”.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that the step by the institution to enforce the policy on Tuesday as 100level and 200level students started their test, was resisted by the students who staged peaceful protest on the campus today.
In a circular released by the University’s authorities in March 2019, students who are yet to pay their recently hike tuition will pay additional #10,000 for late registration and whoever that do not pay to register would not be allowed to write first semester 2018/2019 test and examination, tagged “No Registration, No Examination”.
However, a Press Statement by the Management directs the students to proceed on a Mid-Semester break
The statement signed by the School’s Registrar, Dr Sunday Ayeerun indicates that “all students of the university are, therefore, advised to proceed on the Mid-Semester break with immediate effect”.
The statement says the Students are to resume to campus on Monday, May 20, 2019.
This is contained in the circular signed by the Registrar, Dr Ayerun, that directs Deans and HOD to implement the policy.
AAUA was engulfed in crisis sometimes last year when the institution’s tuition was jacked-up by 100%, from #35,000 to #200,000 but after several students’ protests the state government later reduced school fees.
The latest action by the School’s management has been received with misgivings by the students who described the Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun and the Pro-Chancellor, Dr Tunji Abayomi as insensitive administrators.
One of the students simply identified himself as Emmanuel Ojuko said “how can you expect a student that is yet to pay normal school fee to pay additional #10000 as fine for late registration. I know if such students or their parents have the tuition, they would have paid since, thisday, some of our leaders that enjoyed scholarship are now putting more financial burden on the less privileged”.
Another student who declined to mention his identity, declared that the action of the management would lead to mass protest by students if not reversed, noting that such would force many students to drop out of the school.
A students leader expressed sadness over the harsh policy of the Present administration at AAUA and threatened that students might be mobilised to kick against the policy.
The Students called on Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to stop the policy of no registration, no examination in the interest of less privileged students at the university.