The State Government of Osun has called on students in the state owned higher institutions to handle with sense of responsibility, their reservations on what they alleged as increase in school fees.
Government puts it on record that it has not authorised any increment in the tuition fees in any of the state owned tertiary institutions.
As at today, the tuition fees of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and the College of Technology, Esa-Oke remain N25, 000 while that of Osun state College of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun is still N20, 000.
For new students who have just applied to the institutions, some ancillary charges for some services, some of which are optional, were introduced and do not apply at all to current students.
It is pertinent to remind the people that the Aregbesola government, at its inception and without being persuaded in 2011 reduced the tuition fees of all the state owned tertiary institutions from N45, 000 to N25, 000. Since the reduction in 2011, the government has not put a penny on the tuition fees.
Government wishes to state that the managements of the tertiary institutions are autonomous and they have authority to fix reasonable charges to ensure availability and maintenance of some needful resources that enhance learning.
Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola reiterates its commitment to promoting functional and affordable education, the manifestation of which is the improvement in the standard of education in the state.
The government calls on the students to be peaceful and orderly in their protest. It is true that protest is legitimate but they should not be allowed to be hijacked by miscreants and political jobbers who are always looking for such avenue to unleash unpleasant experiences on the people. They should be informed that the rights of other people start from where theirs end.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy
State of Osun