UNICAL raises tuition fees by 100%, students plan protest


In what it described as a bid to maintain the academic standard it is known for, the management of the University of Calabar, UNICAL, Monday, announced an increase in the university’s tuition fees for undergraduates by over 100 per cent.

The announcement which was contained in a press statement by the institution’s spokesman, Mr Effiong Eyo, has however, led to a protest by students of the institution.

This is as students of the institution, on Monday morning, took to the streets, carrying placards with various inscriptions to protest the hike of tuition fees as well as other charges asking the management to rescind its decision.

Some of the inscriptions include, return to the old fees, bring back our old fees/charges, we can’t afford the news fees, UNICAL SUG, wake up” amongst others.

The students reportedly matched round the school premises and took their protest to the Main gate of the school causing traffic gridlock along Etta-Agbor and Mary Slessor Road in Calabar Municipality LGA.

The upward review of the cost of tuition, GlobalNet Media gathered was a decision taken at an emergency meeting of the university’s Senate last Friday as the statement released on Monday disclosed that the implementation of the upward review will take effect in the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 academic sessions.

The management noted in its statement that the increment was necessitated by the current economic realities and the need to maintain the academic standard the university is known for.

However, findings revealed that the increment means that freshers, returning students, and final-year students for the non-science courses are expected to pay N111,000, N91,500, and N114,000, respectively.

In addition, they are also to pay N36,500, N21,500, and N21,500, respectively, as third-party dues.

Similarly, fees for science courses were increased to N155,000, N125,000, and N148,000, respectively, for freshers, returning students, and final-year students.

Likewise, they are also to pay N38,500, N21,500, and N21,500, respectively, as third-party dues.

Prior to the increment, tuition fees for an average student, depending on the department, were N64,050 for freshers, N52,050 for final-year students, and N49,500 for returning students.

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