GOVERNING Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, AKWAPOLY, Ikot Osurua, has called for a suspension of the recently increased school fees. The decision, according to the council, is to enable it look into the new policy and implement it in a way that would suit the interest of the students and management. This was in reaction to a protest which trailed the recent 100 percent fees increment where Ordinary National Diploma students are expected to pay N86,200 instead of N45,000 and Higher National Diploma students fee increased from N38,000 to N85,700. Addressing journalists yesterday, the Chairman, Governing Council, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, said the decision was taken by the immediate past
commissioner for education, to take effect from the 2016/2017 school year and not applicable to older students. Eyakenyi said as those vested with the mandate of policy formulation and approval in the institution, the council will ensure that the interest of the state government in the welfare of the institution and students are protected. Eyakenyi, who advised students to always follow the processes of consultation and consolidation before confrontation, to avoid staging protests that may be hijacked by disgruntled elements, however, noted that such was common among students. “I want to implore our students to, in every situation, follow due process and the three Cs of consultation, consolidation before confrontation because your protest may be hijacked by those you did not expect and may turn out more serious than you intended.

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