Kaduna University suspends undergraduate courses following student protest

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From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

The management of Kaduna State University (KASU) on Tuesday issued a “special bulletin” announcing the indefinite suspension of academic activities for undergraduate programs.

Recently, the Kaduna state government announced an increase in tuition fees at all state-run higher education institutions, which in the case of KASU drove new undergraduates to pay between 150,000 and 400,000 N against 27,000 to 38 initial N,000, depending on their course.

This development had led to protests by KASU students to pressure both the state government and the school management to overturn their decisions.

The special bulletin, which was signed by the school’s (academic) registrar, Samuel Swanta Manshop, announced the suspension of academic activities for affected students, as the reason for the decision was not made public.

The bulletin reads in part:

“The management of Kaduna State University wishes to inform staff, students and the general public that academic activities for undergraduates have been suspended indefinitely.

“Postgraduate programs, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and part-time programs must continue to operate.

“Staff should also report to work as usual. Management will communicate any development.

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