ERC Condemns OAU Exorbitant Admission Screening Charges
In a Press Statement issued and signed by its Coordinator, Olamide Adabale and the Secretary, Omole Ibukun, the group described the charges as exploitative and does not reflect the FG's essence of scrapping Post-UTME. It however urged the students to reject the fee scheme.
"It is also necessary to note that this exorbitant amount defeats the essence of the scrapping of the exploitative Post-UTME exercise, for which OAU charged about N7,700 last year on aspirants. Aside the exploitation shielded with a mysterious ICT development fee and screening exercise fee, the short time frame given for the payment is an outright victimization on the Nigerian working masses. In fact, we could have recommended that students should boycott the payment of such illegal fee, but the economic state of the country already prescribed it for the parents and guardians who happen to be majorly the unpaid, underpaid Nigerian working masses.
"It is on this basis that the Education Rights Campaign is conscientizing conscious students, especially aspirants, to reject this mortgage of a future they have been patiently waiting for. All illegal fees collected must be refunded. We believe that Education is not a business, but a right of every Nigerian and therefore admission for Tertiary Education should not be commercialized." the group stated.
It will be recalled that Obafemi Awolowo University commenced its screening registration for candidates seeking admission into the citadel last Friday. The charges levied on applicants amounted to a total fee of N6,850, which seems to be the highest screening charges by institutions seen so far. Most schools that have announced their Screening exercise, charge between N2,000 - N2,500. According to the information from the Management of OAU, the screening charges include N1,500 for the Screening, N5,000 'e-Portal charges' and bank charges of N350.