House of Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Tertiary Institutions
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The house of representatives has asked its committee on tertiary institution and services to investigate “high acceptance fees” charged by some government-owned tertiary institutions in the country.
Acceptance fees are usually paid by students offered admission in universities. The resolution of the house to order an investigation into the payment of “high acceptance fees”, followed a motion moved by Julius Ihonvbere, lawmaker from Edo, during plenary session on Wednesday.
Leading the debate, Ihonvbere said arbitrary high acceptance fees charged by some public universities for new students across the country has become a matter of great concern to many families.
The lawmaker noted that acceptance fees in some institutions of learning have become “mere internal revenue-generating mechanisms, thus constituting an impediment to the smooth process of entry into universities”.
He added that if left unchecked, the situation may reduce the number of students gaining admission into tertiary institutions in the country.
“Also, aware that while some of the institutions are charging minimal fees, others are charging astronomically, whereas, others do not charge anything.
Most institutions do not charge acceptance fee against tuition fees.