Sunday, 3 May 2015

OAU Final Year Students Kick Over School Fees Payment Prerequisite For Bedspace Allocation

The final year students of Obafemi Awolowo University are currently annoyed and not happy at the institution's management over the school fees payment prerequisite tied to their application for accommodation this year.

In an investigation cum survey conducted by our reporter in Ile-Ife, Olanrewaju Samuel revealed that the final year students have being asked to pay their school fees before bedspaces can be allocated to them. This is against the normal tradition of the finalists getting bedspaces even before paying school fees and accommodation fee.

A final year student Toye said the action of the school management is uncalled for and not necessary, he wondered if the management thinks students will abscond after getting bedspaces. "It is a funny development" Toye opined. Another final year student who pleaded anonymity said getting the school fee has not being easy especially after the increase last year. "Where should I get N24,700 now?", " least I would not run away with my admission because of N3,090" he quipped.

The PRO-elect of the Students' Union, Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant who is also a finalist was of a similar opinion as he said finalists should be allowed to get bedspaces even before paying tuition fee. He feels nobody will abscond with the management's money. Kant said the elected Union officers are currently engaging the management in a view to reviewing the position of the university management soon.

Meanwhile, checks since the beginning of the exercise have revealed that students are finding it hard to access the e-portal for those that have even paid their school fees. For some, their payments are yet to be confirmed.
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