By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria -National President, Parents-Teachers Association of Nigeria, (PTA), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, has appealed to wealthy Nigerians, corporate organizations, among others to help retain indigent students in tertiary institutions by paying their fees.
This is as he opined that the increased in tuition fees in Kaduna State University, (KASU), would surely make students drop out from school in view of the hardships most parents faces at this period in the country.
Alhaji Danjuma who described the hike in tuition fees of the varsity as ‘outrageous’ considering the current economic hardship being faced by parents and the negative impact of COVID-19; appealed to Kaduna State Government to listen to the cries of the students and their poor parents.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday, the PTA National President, also called for establishment of a foundation to cater for indigent students in tertiary institutions; saying such foundation should be supervised by an agency to ensure funds realized are properly utilized.
He said; “we are begging Dangote, BUA Group of Companies, and other wealthy individuals from the north to help the indigent students continue their educational careers.
“PTA has kicked against this move by KDSG on the hike in school fees at the state varsity as it would truncate educational careers of some students especially the female ones and Persons with Disability (PLWDs) currently studying to become future leaders of this country.
“Most students find it difficult to pay the N26,000 fees with a few dropping out of school eventually while some female students resort to engaged in some ugly activities to be able to pay up.”
He equally called for the protection of all schools in the country to avert attacks by bandits, terrorists and kidnappers; saying the attacks of schools by these miscreants has possed a serious set-back to educational development in Nigeria.