Earlier this morning we brought you the news about protests by the students of the University of Port Harcourt. We have more details as sent in by a student and eye witness. Read the full gist.
The students of the University of Port Harcourt today protested the the closure of all online registration portals. The school management on Thursday 8th of April 2016 closed the portal for all online registration, and then later announced that students who have not paid school fees and have not done online courses registration would be allowed to write the semester examination and the courses are automatically carry over to next year. The examination was scheduled to start on Monday 11th to 29th April 2016.
The students on Monday demonstrated their displeasure against the management’s decision to shut-out over 60% of her students from writing this semester examination for not meeting up deadline for the payment of school fees. The school tuition fee ranges from N45,000 to N58,000 (depending on the faculty – old students) and N75,000 to N150,000 (depending on the faculty – freshers).
Some student who spoke on condition of anonymity said “These charges for tuition fee in UNIPORT is the highest for a federal institution in this country. We have it on records that UNIBEN, ABU, UNIJOS, UNN, UNIOTUOKE, etc charge around N19,000 for tuition that covers for first and second semesters which implies students can pay their charges over this period.”
The protest at Uniport today was relatively peaceful until everything turned violent when a final year student of the Department of Accounting was shot and killed by the police. The student Mr. Ofurum Peter was just newly elected as the President of Faculty of Management Sciences Students Association.
See pictures below: warning – graphic images.
Reported by Anthony George @GeorgellySports.
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