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Delta Poly students protest against hike in tuition, COVID-19 fees

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Students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Council, yesterday, protested against the school management over alleged increase tuition and COVID-19 fees.

The angry students blocked the Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Stella Chiemeke, academic and non-academic staff from gaining access into the institution during the protest, which started at 7:30a.m.

One of the protesters said the students were not ready to take the new fees introduced by the management for courses already existing for final year students.

He said the management demanded that the students should register the course with N7, 000 as price for the textbook for the newly introduced course, which angered the final year students of the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.

He alleged that the price of the new textbook was added to the tuition fees as the management closed the school portal, making it difficult for them to pay their fees.

“We were also asked to pay N4, 500 as COVID-19 fees. The school did not give us face masks, hand sanitisers, water to wash our hands,” he said, lamenting that the management was hard on them over the decision.

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