By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Vice-Chancellor of Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, Prof Adesegun Fatusi has denied reports that the university has increased its tuition.
He said that the increase is only meant for new intakes.
Adesegun, in an exclusive interview with Weaternpost on Monday in Ondo city, said those peddling the information did not take their time to even confirm the rationale behind the said increase.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasized that the cost of acquiring medical equipment these days and the exchange rate in the country contributed to the new development and the increment is only applicable to fresh students.
The VC, therefore, said that the institution’s management sympathised with parents over the hike, especially with the economic crunch that the country is seriously facing.
He pleaded with parents and the general public to understand the difficulties the institution is facing in acquiring some of the equipment despite the assistance they get from the state government.
He said: “A single dental chair costs N 4million. So, if we are having ten students in the class, it means we must spend N40million, meaning that, the more the students, the more we buy.
“We have also determined never to compromise the standard we are known for, in this school
“We cannot as well allow the school to die a natural death because of low flow of income,;we must look inwards to fund the university and make it great.”
He called on parents and host communities to rise to the challenge of saving the educational system from total collapse by donating to the system immensely.
It would be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, had on Friday criticised the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and the management of the school over the sudden increase in the tuition fee to the tune of N1.320,000 from N680,000