UNN Students Decry Compulsory N75,000 Laptop Fee

UNN Students Decry Compulsory N75,000 Laptop Fee

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on December 2, 2015
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The students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 raised an alarm over the authority’s imposition of compulsory N75,000 laptop fee.

The students called for a quick intervention from  the newly instituted Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

Speaking to journalists, some new students of the university described the N75,000 compulsory laptop levy as arbitrary and inhumane.

The Trent learnt that the school has introduced the new policy in their bid to ensure that they their students are computer literates.

One of the new students whose identity cannot be disclosed said: “It is so sad that they are making education so difficult for the poor.

“With this policy, we would now be paying close to N200,000 in a federal university per session. This is wickedness.

“As I speak to you, I’m helpless because my parents don’t have that kind of money. It is wrong for anyone to make computer ownership compulsory. It should be a matter of choice. The management should not use us to make money.”

Another added: “We are begging the minister to urgently intervene because they are turning this university to a market place.

“If the vice chancellor is interested in doing laptop business, he should find a market for it, not placing such burden on poor students.

“Some of our parents are leaving on N18,000 minimum wage; now they want them to pay N200,000 as school fees for one session. This is wickedness of the highest order. This computer ownership should be by choice.”

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