The Senator representing Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, has said he will rally his colleagues at the National Assembly to push for a reversal in the increase of fees in Unity schools by the Federal Government.
The Kaduna senator described the hike as intolerable and inconsiderate by the Federal Government on parents in the face of the economic challenges.
Sani, who is also president of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, a Human Rights organisation based in Kaduna, said this on his official Facebook page yesterday.
He said: “The reported hike in tuition fees for students of Federal Government colleges is intolerable and inconsiderate of the suffering of parents in these harsh economic times.
“When we are back from recess, I’ll surely press for a reversal in the Senate.
The Human Rights activist warned that the schools must neither be privatised nor made unaffordable for children of the poor by the government.
The colleges, he argued, are essential and relevant institutions for national cohesion.
“Federal Government colleges are essential and relevant institutions for national cohesion. The schools must neither be privatised nor made unaffordable for children of the poor.
“They must be well funded and equipped to provide quality secondary school education while grooming a generation of leaders committed to the unity of this country,” he added.
The Nation had reported increase in fees paid by pupils of Unity schools by 300 per cent by the Federal Government.
While Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu denied knowledge of the hike, Permanent Secretary Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan confirmed it to reporters at a function in Abuja.
Also, National President of National Parents and Teachers Association of Federal Government Colleges (NAPTAFEGC), Dr. Gabriel Nnaji, had, in a communiqué read to reporters in Abuja after its National Executive Council meeting, kicked against the increase by government.
source : thenationonlineng.net/senatell-push-reversal-unity-schools-fee-hike/