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Just In: Nigeria’s Federal Government Triples School Fees for Federal Unity Colleges to ₦100,000

In a recent development, the Federal Ministry of Education, acting through the Office of the Director of Senior Secondary Education, has issued a directive to increase the school fees for new students enrolling in Federal Government Colleges, commonly known as Federal Unity Colleges, to ₦100,000. The directive, dated 25th May, 2023, was communicated to all Principals of Federal Unity Colleges via reference number ADF/120/DSSE/I.The circular titled “Approved fees/charges for Federal Unity Colleges (1st Term) for new students” was signed by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, the Director of Senior Secondary Education. According to the circular, this fee hike marks a significant increase from the previous tuition of N45,000.This adjustment in fees and charges will have a widespread impact on various aspects and activities within the schools. It encompasses not only tuition and boarding fees but also includes expenses related to uniforms, textbooks, deposits, exercise books, prospectus, caution fees, ID cards, stationery, clubs and societies, sports, extra lessons, insurance, and more.The memo stressed that the approved fees and charges listed in the circular are the only amounts authorized by the ministry for all Unity Colleges. This implies that any other additional charges beyond those specified in the directive are not permitted.As this decision takes effect, it is likely to generate discussions among stakeholders in the education sector, including parents, educators, and students. The increase in school fees may raise concerns about accessibility to quality education and the potential impact on enrollment rates in these institutions.In light of this development, many will be keen to closely monitor how the Federal Government addresses the implications of this fee increment on the education system and the students’ overall educational experience.


Ademola Adeyemi

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