On Wednesday, the house of representatives, during plenary, has called for the abolishment of Acceptance Fees into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
During consideration of a motion by Rep. Chinedu Emeka Martins, the House noted that education is a necessary tool for unlocking human potentials and driving national development and the advancement or otherwise of any nation is directly dependent on the number of its citizens who have access to education, especially up to the tertiary education level.
It made its concerns about one of the contributing factors to poor access to tertiary education is the predatory admission policies being enforced by tertiary institutions, particularly the payment of non-refundable acceptance fees.
The house also noted that a recent data from the National Universities Commission that out of a population of over 180 million, only about 2 million are enrolled into the universities nationwide, representing 1 percent of the population and clearly indicating that the proportion of the population attending tertiary institutions is low when compared to other advanced countries.
The legislator representing the Ahiazu Mbaise Federal Constituency further notes that additional data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) indicates that about 75 percent of the applicants fail to gain admissions every year and also reinforcing the fact that access to tertiary education is low in Nigeria.
Rep Chinedu noted that if the exploitative admission practices of tertiary institutions in the country are left unchecked, the aspirations of indigent Nigerians to study in Universities will continue to be cut short because of their inability to pay acceptance fees.
The house called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission to immediately abolish the payment of acceptance fees into Tertiary Institutions and also Mandated the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the admission policies and practices of Tertiary Institutions in the country as they relate to the charge of acceptance fees.
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