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Some parents have expressed concern over the 500 per cent hike in the acceptance fee for new students imposed by the Federal College of Education ( Technical ), Akoka , Lagos .
The parents said the acceptance fee was a strain in the budget for their wards ’ education.

One of the parents , who pleaded anonymity , said that only FCE ( T ), hiked its fee unlike other federal colleges , which acceptance fee was far less .
He , therefore , called on the Federal Ministry of Education to intervene by stopping the college from putting parents in difficult situation .

The college had increased the acceptance fees from N5 , 000 to N50 ,000 for fresh students .

Another parent , Mr . Folorunso Akinlabi , whose son was admitted into the college last session , said he paid N5 , 000 as an acceptance fee then .

He said , “I was surprised to hear that the FCE , Akoka raised its acceptance fee to N50 ,000 this year .

“ That is killing! How do you expect a civil servant whose salary , rather than increase , had reduced , to cope with such hike ?

“ I think government should intervene by calling the provost of the college to order . ”

Checks by our correspondent in other FCEs in Ogun and Ondo indicated that the acceptance fee charged by them was far below N50 ,000 .

Fresh NCE students of the Federal College of Education ( FCE ) , Oshiele , Abeokuta paid N12 ,500 as acceptance fee while the degree students paid N25 ,000 .

A 100 -level degree student of the college , who does not want his name in print, said that he paid N25 ,000 as acceptance fee .

He pleaded with the Federal Government to speak with the college management in order to reduce the fees .

But , the Public Relations Officer of the Adeyemi College of Education , Ondo, Mr . Moses Akinfolayan , said that the college did not charge its new students acceptance fee .

He said that fresh students for NCE 1 of Arts , Languages and Education pay N25 ,500 as school fee while their degree counterparts pay N55 ,500 in the 2016 / 2017 academic session .

Similarly , the Public Relations officer , Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education , Ijanikin , Lagos State , Odunayo Adebowale , said that the college charge N5 , 000 as acceptance fee for new students .

He said , “The acceptance fee paid by every new student was N5 , 000 but they also pay N10 ,0000 levy for sports , laboratory fees , Identity card and ICT.”
According to him , about 1875 students are admitted into the college this year as against 1 ,250 admitted in 2015 .

Meanwhile , the management of FCE ( T ), Akoka while confirming the hike in fees for new students , blamed the situation on increment in running cost of the college .

The Deputy Provost of the institution , Mr . Kehinde Olojede , confirmed the hike but said that the N50 ,000 acceptance fee was for the degree students .

He said that acceptance fee for the NCE programme was increased from N5 ,000 previously to N20 ,000 for the new students in the 2016 /2017 academic session .

According to him , the increase in the tuition and other fees are unavoidable because of the increase in the running of public utilities in the college .

Olojede added that the dwindling subvention received from the Federal Government also compelled the college management to review upward the acceptance fee .

He said , “ The increment is a measure to sustain the system because the subvention from the government is dwindling.

“ The costs of running public utilities such as borehole , generator and disposal of refuse by the Lagos State Waste Management ( LAWMA ) have all gone up .”

According to him , any slight disparity in the amount charged by other colleges compare to FCE ( T ) , Akoka , is because the college is technical school and its programmes are capital intensive .

He said , “The current charge for the degree programme is the same with what students in UNIBEN main campus , with which the college’ s degree programmes are affiliated , pay.”

Olojede also cited hike in the cost of processing and regularising admission for the new students in the Joint Admission Matriculation Board office , Abuja as another factor .

He said , “Paper work for regularising admission into the college by JAMB is another factor because most of the candidates did not choose the college as first choice.

“ The admission officer had to travel several times to Abuja for the processing and the burden of the expenses had to be spread among the students . ”


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