In a significant move aimed at alleviating the financial burden on students and ensuring continued access to quality education, the Kaduna State government has announced a substantial reduction in tuition fees for state-owned tertiary institutions. Governor Uba Sani disclosed this progressive step during an interactive session with the press in Kaduna on Monday.
Governor Sani acknowledged the concerns voiced by the public regarding the existing tuition fees in state-owned tertiary institutions, which have reportedly been impacting student enrollment and retention adversely. Responding to these concerns, the governor unveiled a comprehensive tuition fee reduction plan that covers several prominent institutions in the state.
One of the most noteworthy adjustments was made to the tuition fee structure of Kaduna State University. The previous fee of N150,000 has been decreased by 30%, now standing at N105,000. Similarly, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic witnessed a significant decrease from N100,000 to N50,000. The College of Education, Gidan Waya, saw its fee reduced from N75,000 to N37,500.
Furthermore, the Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology in Makarfi made revisions to their fee structure for Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) courses. For HND courses, the fee was reduced from N100,000 to N70,000, and for ND courses, it moved from N75,000 to N52,000. Kaduna State College of Nursing also underwent a substantial reduction, from N100,000 to N70,000.
Governor Sani emphasised that this measure was intended to provide relief to the populace following the removal of petroleum subsidies and their subsequent economic repercussions. The governor highlighted that the decision was made after thorough analysis and collaboration between the heads of tertiary institutions and the Ministry of Education.
“The current fee regime has proven to be burdensome, leading to a decline in student enrollment and diverting some students to alternative institutions. To counter this, adopting a competitive fee model is crucial to ensuring access to quality education while reflecting current economic realities,” the governor noted.
One of the most noteworthy adjustments was made to the tuition fee structure of Kaduna State University.
Governor Uba Sani underscored his administration’s unwavering commitment to the welfare of the state’s residents. He reiterated that his government remains dedicated to providing free and quality education, extending from primary to secondary school. The governor also highlighted ongoing efforts to enhance teachers’ welfare, improve teaching standards, and develop school infrastructure. Additionally, the state government is actively investing in technical and vocational education to equip students with relevant skills.
This groundbreaking move by the Kaduna State government has been met with applause from students, parents, and education stakeholders alike. As the state continues to prioritise accessible and quality education, this fee reduction initiative is anticipated to have a positive impact on education enrollment and overall academic excellence.