For some days now, the social media has been agog with reports that the Federal Government has increased school fees for new students in Federal Unity Colleges to ₦100,000.
However, there is a gross misrepresentation of facts in the reported increase.
The memo for the increase was issued on May 25th, 2023, by the Federal Ministry of Education and what it means is that the action predates the current administration.
Additionally, the increase only affects new students who, traditionally, will pay for sundry charges including school uniforms.
Tuition is still free in the Unity Schools per the memo.
Boarding house students will only pay N30,000 per term, which is a fraction of the cost of feeding a child three meals a day for an average of 80-90 days. Returning students either in boarding house or day school will pay much less.
In total, there are three line items on the amount payable, covering a session. These are:
N30,000 for boarding house students
N70,000 for day students
N25,000 for new uniforms for JSS1 and SS1 students
The increase in school fees for new students in Unity Schools is a necessary measure to ensure that the schools are properly funded.
The Unity Schools are some of the most prestigious schools in Nigeria, and they provide a high-quality education to students from all backgrounds. The increase in fees will help to ensure that the schools can continue to provide this high-quality education.
However, it is important to note that the increase in fees only affects new students. Returning students will continue to pay the same fees as before. Additionally, the increase in fees is only for sundry charges, such as uniforms and boarding fees. Tuition is still free in the Unity Schools.
Overall, the increase in school fees for new students in Unity Schools is a necessary measure to ensure that the schools can continue to provide a high-quality education. The increase in fees only affects new students, and tuition is still free.