How Students’ Protest Against ‘no tuition, no tests’ Policy Caused Nigerian University Closure

How Students’ Protest Against ‘no tuition, no tests’ Policy Caused Nigerian University Closure

For the past two weeks, the authorities of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) in Ondo state have asked its students to proceed on mid-semester break following protest against the new policy of the university.

Before now, the university in March stated that students who were yet to pay their tuition would pay additional N10,000 for late registration, and whoever does not register would not be allowed to write first semester 2018/2019 test and examination.

Some students of the institution who were denied access to write test following the ‘no tuition, no test’ policy of the management resisted the move.

“Students denied the opportunity to seat for their test protested against the policy of the school which I believe that it is a good fight”, said Alao Lawrence, one of the students of the school.

Another student who simply identified himself as Solape told our correspondent that the decision of the students to protest and block road should be applauded.

“Although, I was not in school during the protest but am happy that the university realise that we are all stakeholders in the system. They cannot just make policy without considering us. Students blocked the gate despite mobilisation of police by authorities, they stood their grounds and now the university bow to pressure.”

Following the unrest, the management of the institution ordered commencement of mid-semester break since two weeks ago.

According to a statement signed by the Registrar, Sunday Ayeerun, all students were askrd to vacate the school immediately.

“The Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, has approved a Mid-Semester break for all students of the University.

“All students of the university are, therefore, advised to proceed on the Mid-Semester break with immediate effect. Students are to resume to campus on Monday, May 20”, the statement read.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) leaders were in Ondo on Tuesday to look into the crisis.