Ripples In Iree Poly Over Fees, Mid-semester Test

OSUN State Polytechnic management in Iree, Boripe Local Government Council Area of the state has been accused of colluding with the current state administration to victimize students out of the institution through the agenda of the management to conduct mid-semester examination for its students, only on the display of the school receipt by each of the students.

The institution’s management had, few weeks ago, issued a memorandum to all the students which stated that there would be a mid-semester test that would involve the use of school receipts while the memorandum further stated that said bank draft used for paying fees would not be accepted.

According to some students of the polytechnic, ever since Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration in the state had arbitrarily increased the fees, students had been sitting for tests and assignments with receipts, a development that portrayed a parley between the state government and the institution’s management.

But the institution’s management had earlier debunked the development saying that it has never mandated any student to write receipt numbers on the script used for tests or assignments.

The management, while fielding questions from journalists during a ministerial press briefing organized by the state ministry of information in Osogbo, the state capital, recently, stated that it has never directed any student to present receipt before writing tests or assignment.

Ironically, the management, before the last Christmas \New year break, issued the memorandum to notify the students on the mid-semester test, which has caused rumpus on the campus.

However, criticisms have continued to trail the action of the management, as students lamented the development, describing it as a means to ensure their mass withdrawal from the institution. According to the students, 90 per cent of them have not been able to pay the outrageous fees, maintaining that if the agenda of the management could materialize, 90 percent of the students that have not paid the fees would not attend the mid-semester test, which might eventually lead to mass withdrawal.

Investigations by OSUN DEFENDER revealed that preliminary students of the institution have been subjected to stressful payment by some of their lecturers, who always tear students’ assignments on the grounds that they have not paid their fees.

A pre-ND student of Science Laboratory Technology who is a victim of the lecturers’ action, lamented that such development was aimed at victimizing the poor students and their parents. Ismail said, “I don’t expect this to happen when we paid nothing less then N40,000. The polytechnic management is victimizing the poor students, who find it difficult to pay the outrageous fees”.

Earlier, during the resumption for this academic session, the students had accused the school management of barring students who have not paid their fees from receiving lectures.

Since the fees had been arbitrarily increased, OSPOLY management has been subjected to serious criticisms by its students, who accused the management of colluding with the state government to implement the fees increment.

Besides, the students have also flayed the polytechnic management on what they described as lack of provision of infrastructural facilities on the campus despite the huge amount of money paid by the students as fees.

They berated the management over lack of public address system, adequate lecture halls, good medical facilities and toilets.

Stories By ISMAIL USMAN