Nigerian Universities Warned to Stop Charging Tuition Fees

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news we speak about an increase in enrolment at Switzerland's top tech universities, the problem of drug abuse, criminal gangs and prostitution at Kenyan university hostels and the Federal Executive Council's (FEC) warning to Nigerian universities to stop charging tuition fees.

Enrolment at Switzerland’s top tech universities shoots up

According to the ETH annual report, ETH Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne enrolled 31,293 students and doctoral candidates in 2017. In comparison to 2016, there are 1,000 additional students and compared to the previous decade, it represents an increase of 10,000 students, reports SwissInfo.ch. Most of the students have chosen fields of information technology and engineering sciences. The federal institutes of technology are in the top ten in a Reuters ranking of the most innovative universities in Europe and they are widely credited for their contribution to Switzerland’s global competitiveness.

Kenyan university hostels became dens of drug abuse, criminal gangs and prostitution

A Kenya’s State agency report announced worrying issues which have risen due to the lack of attention given to security concerns. Namely, the report says that the university hostels have become places of prostitution, criminal gangs, drug abuse and even active radicalization cells, writes Kenyan Standard Media. The report also suggest that the solution for the above-mentioned issues lays in implementation of the students biometric data as a part of safety standards and guidelines, such as improving surveillance, screening of staff and students, installation of security cameras, dealing with false alarm, etc.

Nigerian universities warned to stop charging tuition fees

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) stated that it is illegal to collect tuition fees from students and decided to investigate reports which suggest that federal universities do not respect this decision. The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka said that there are allegations against some of the universities that are charging students per course unit, which is illegal. Ankuwa said: “No federal university should charge tuition fees. That is the law. And, we understand some universities now charge fees per course unit and we are going to make sure that we investigate that properly and make it stops.” He also stressed that government does not determine fees for private and state universities, but only for federal ones, reports Nigerian Tribune.

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