400L Plateau State University Students Protest Non Accreditation Of Courses

Plataeu State UniStudents of Plateau State University have staged a protest to express their concern over non-accreditation of courses at the University since its inception about eight years ago.

The protesting students who carried placards round the university prevented their colleagues in 100 to 300 levels from sitting for their examinations as part of their protest. They also prevented the acting Vice Chancellor from entering the school.

The administration of former governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye had established the state university about nine years ago with the mind of providing quality education as well as complimenting the University of Jos in admission of students from its catchment areas.

High hopes heralded the birth of the ivory tower which took off from its permanent site and offered courses in arts, environmental sciences, management sciences, natural and applied sciences as well as social sciences.

However, eight years after its establishment, non of the courses are yet to be accredited by relevant authority.

Professor John Wade was appointed the pioneer Vice Chancellor in 2005 and the school further produced three other Vice Chancellors within nine years. However, none of the students who have passed through the institution have graduated.

A situation that has been berated the academic staff forum led by its chairman, Gilbert Yalmi.

In a bid to placate the students, acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Malo assured them that the process of accreditation is being vigorously pursued by the institution.

It is still unclear what the fate of the 400 level students of the Plateau State University that will be writing their final examination will be when their courses are yet to be accredited by the relevant authority.

OAU VC Says Increase In Charges Is Inevitable

Prof Bamitale OmoleTwo weeks after students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife took to the streets to protest the recent hike in their school charges; authorities of the institution have finally broken the silence over the issue.

Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof Bamitale Omole, who addressed journalists in Ile-Ife town, Osun State, said that the increase in the charges was inevitable if the institution was to attain the international standard.

He said that the current economic reality could no longer accommodate students paying as little as #7,000 per session, hence the regime of a minimum of over #60,000 per fresh student.

He also disclosed that the inflation that has eaten deep into the university’s allocation from the Federal Government has made the charges paid by the students in the last ten years unsustainable, hence the need for the new charges.

In the analysis given by the Vice Chancellor, the Faculty of Arts, Administration, Education, Social Sciences and Law which before now was paying 5,300 Naira for old students would begin to pay 19,700 and fresh students would pay 43,700.

For Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, it has moved from 12,800 to 33,700 while fresh students would be required to pay 57,700.

That of Faculty of Science from 7,800 has become 30,700 and fresh students are to pay 54,700.

In all these, the University said that it was however not oblivious of indigent students and the Senate had made adequate provision for it by setting up a Student Education Relief Committee to provide scholarships and grants for this set of students.

This explanation, however, does not seem to go down well with the student leadership. They still want the charges to be reduced.