The Students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, on Wednesday 24thof April went on rampage over what they described as obnoxious policy of the school management. Most of the students had just returned back to school after the Easter celebration. The scheduled mid-semester test was cancelled after the students protest. The school management decision to impose the new rule of No School Fee, No Test led to the protest. This disrupted the mid-semester test while the students vowed not to sit for the test.
The institution’s student protest began last year when the State government decided to increase its tuition fee. This was five times the fee paid before the new administration came on board. The students and their parents/guardians therefore protested this hike by blocking major roads in the state’s capital, Akure. Things were later resolved with the tuition fee allowed to be paid twice over the course of a semester.
The matter came up again this time as those who haven’t paid were to pay 10,000 naira for late registration. They were also informed not to sit for the mid-semester test which eventually led to the protest. Those who have paid also joined in the protest which led to the blockage of the federal road at the school’s main entrance. The students described the institution Vice Chancellor Prof Igbekele Ajibefun and the Pro-Chancellor Dr Tunji Abayomi as insensitive to their plight. They said the state government increased the fee of the school last year following the recommendations of the VC and Pro-Chancellor.
The students were to embark on a short break after the protest. This was contained in a statement signed by the school Registrar, Dr Sunday Ayeerun, which read;
‘’The Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, has approved a Mid-semester break for all students of the University. All students of the university are, therefore, advised to proceed on the Mid-semester break with immediate effect. Students are to resume to Campus on Monday May 20, 2019’’.