NEW students admitted by The Polytechnic, Ibadan for various programmes leading to the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) are now in dilemma as to how to realise their dreams of becoming graduates in the next two years.
The students are now grumbling over the disturbing school fees charged by the authorities of the institution.
Investigation revealed that some of the new students are contemplating withdrawing from the school due to their poor financial status.
The newly-admitted students, who have no option but to pay the fee saying they were in dilemma in their bid to get the fund to pay such huge amount of money.
According to statistics available to us, new students last session paid about N52,000 while the new students this time are charged N60,550, excluding N16,500, which serves as cost for hostel accommodation. These fees must be paid by every full time student, before he or she can be given course forms to fill and be signed by the course supervisor.
While some of the new intakes have paid the fees, majority of then are now running helter-skelter to pay before the deadline.
According to the former rector of the institution, Professor Moshood Olanrewaju Nasaar, the increment of the school fees was to enable the authorities raise funds to finance some of the developmental projects of the institution.
He explained that the projects were spread across all the three campuses of the institution, Eruwa, Saki and Ibadan, which he said was a big challenge to the authorities.
“So there will be a lot of improvement and progress in the area of infrastructure in the institution. We have the main road from the South to the North campus to work on and we have refurbished the institution Hall, while other structures are springing up.
“We’ve already started work on Administrative office complex at the ‘Middle Belt’ which is going to cost us about N700million . The first phase will cost N200million and we are doing this with the help of the internally generated revenue,” Professor Nasaar, had said in an interview published by Poly Rays, a publication by the Mass communication students of the Polytechnic, Ibadan.