A gaggle, Movement for a Socialist Alternative, has kicked in opposition to the University of Benin, Edo State’s additional N20,000 cost imposed by the administration for the late fee of faculty charges.
The UNIBEN had earlier introduced that college students who didn’t pay college charges throughout the stipulated time should pay additional prices and should seemingly have their studentship withdrawn.
The assertion signed by the varsity public relations officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire famous that “registration by all students closes on 3rd September, 2021; and after such date, students will no longer have access to the school portal.”
The group, Movement for a Socialist Alternative, disclosed that late fee was not a prison offence, whereas they rejected expulsion as punishment for late fee of faculty charges and 20,000 further prices.
This was revealed in an announcement obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday.
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It partly reads, “With the recent directive by the Salami-led school management to expulse students who fail to meet the deadline and its supposedly ₦20,000 charge imposed as penalty fee for late payers, it is clear that the management is not considerate.
“In this light, The Movement for Socialist Alternative, calls on the Salami-led school management to reverse its anti-student policies. For the mere fact that it is averse to the very time we live in— an attack on the democratic and fundamental rights of every student to access free and quality education.
“Strangely, the Salami led management is driven by the logic of profit; painfully, not the supposed “motherly care” that was sentimentally canvassed because the driving spirit of her administration.
“We are forced to think, therefore, why the management has chosen to display this level of desperation? And clearly willing to defeat the very essence of its establishment to allow everyone access to education.”
The group said the policy is akin to a military mentality and being imposed by a generation of administrators who basically attended free and affordable institutions.
“How can one potential envisage a state of affairs whereby a 300 or perhaps a remaining 12 months pupil so monetary challenged would lose all of his or her 12 months of wrestle, laborious work and research on account of not having the ability to instantly pay the varsity charges?
“Interestingly, this draconian policy, is akin to a military mentality, is being imposed by a generation of administrators who basically attended free and affordable institutions; who were at liberty to pay even to the point of graduation when they had their final clearance.
“This is the exact same factor that must be continued; given the present local weather of financial difficulties, the disaster of poverty wages, and the late fee of salaries.”
They famous that there are self-sponsoring college students, who facet by facet with the financial hardship and excessive price of dwelling, nonetheless wrestle to be at school.
“This is why the question of independent student unionism must be placed in the right perspective. And with the coming SUG election set to hold on September 16, 2021, this banner for independence and the democratic control and management by the students should be raised high.
“This neo-liberal capitalist method to commercialize and privatize training, and make it solely an affair for under the super-rich within the society have to be rejected. The time to organise is now. We name on ASUU in UNIBEN to face as much as be counted and in addition reject this draconian and inhumane method to pupil’s proper to training.
“As against the administration’s insurance policies, we name on the Salami-led college administration to place in place insurance policies and programme as much as the purpose of scholarship for indigent and financially challenged college students. Such programme’s buildings and services may also help entry fund for college kids which can be orphaned throughout their educational programme,” the assertion added.