By Farombi Oluwaseun
Following several accusations by the post graduate students of the Obafemi Awolowo University to the management of Exploitation (click here) ,the university authority has however denied increment in the school fees of the students.
In a release obtained by OAU Peeps News Agency through the office of the University Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju, he stated that the management has not increased the post graduate school fees stressing categorically that nothing of such had happened. He further stated that the management has decided that payment for every student stops the day the thesis of the student is submitted to the Postgraduate college and had also granted a moratorium to all categories of post graduate students till the end of the year 2017, advising every student to be up to date in their registration before moratorium ends.
However, the post graduate students through a Facebook wall at OAUPG Students Voice has responded that ''the #SayNotoOAUPGExploitation struggle has not accused anyone of increasing PG tuition fees. Rather, the struggle has been centred on stopping the payment of fees by PG students for services that are not and cannot be rendered by the university anymore. Also, the struggle is being used to ask that the quality of OAU PG studies be significantly improved, especially given the exorbitant charges''.
They further stated that departments delay in processing results thereby forcing students to pay thousands for every extra semester spent because of delays caused by staffs which they term as systemic fraud stressing that if the Post graduate College must make students pay for extra semesters then it is the responsibility of the college to ascertain that these delays are from the students and not from other factors such as supervisors, departments, faculty representatives,etc.
The angered students through a congress held at PG Hall Common room had resolved to embark on a protest starting from today, Monday 27th Nov - Fri 1st Dec, 2017 lamenting that they will not stop demanding things that needs to be corrected.