In a recent development, the Federal Ministry of Education, acting on behalf of the Federal Government, has announced an increase in the school fees for new students enrolling in Federal Government Colleges, popularly known as Federal Unity Colleges.
The new directive, referenced as ADF/120/DSSE/I and dated 25th May 2023, was addressed to all Principals of Federal Unity Colleges. According to the circular titled “Approved fees/ charges for Federal Unity Colleges (1st Term) for new students,” signed by the Director of Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, the school fees for incoming students have been raised to ₦100,000.
This represents a significant increase from the previous amount of N45,000.
The impact of this latest fee adjustment will encompass various aspects and activities within the schools, including tuition and boarding fees, uniforms, textbooks, deposits, exercise books, prospectus, caution fees, ID cards, stationery, clubs and societies, sports, extra lessons, insurance, and more.
The memo clarifies that the approved fees and charges listed therein are the only ones applicable to all Unity Colleges. As a result of this change, new students and their families will be required to comply with the revised fee structure for the upcoming academic term.
This decision by the Federal Government may have far-reaching implications for students and their families, as the increased financial burden could impact accessibility to quality education in these Federal Unity Colleges.
It remains to be seen how this development will be received by various stakeholders in the education sector and what measures, if any, will be put in place to mitigate potential challenges for students and their families.
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