Just as the saying goes, that “he who wears the shoes knows best where it pinches"; the recent decision of the Students' Union in appealing to the school management to extend the deadline for the payment of school fees and registration is a confirmation of the saying. It's worthy of commendation, and the greater part goes to the school management, who, out of their compassion, granted the request of the union in the interest of the students.
To begin with, we should be reminded that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stipulates that "government shall direct its policy towards ensuring that there are equal and adequate educational opportunities at all levels" . University of Ibadan as a Federal school must, in upholding the duties of the government, ensure , with all in her capabilities, that students of the institutions have adequate educational opportunities, irrespective of their social or financial status.
No thanks to the increment of 2020/2021 session school fees that left many students in the state of financial incapacity. On this, the Students’ Union made a 'failed' attempt . The Union had earlier invited all the students leaders in the University to a meeting, where the majority of them kicked against the increment. In the long run, the concerted effort on the reduction of the fees yielded no result.
The case was not the same on the effort put on the extension of the school fee payment and course registration. Akeju, the Students' Union President , during an interview that was aired on Agidigbo FM on Saturday, 17th April that the Students’ Union was able to get the University to extend the deadline for the registration of courses, which was formerly on 16th April, by two weeks.
It is noteworthy that the date has been fixed since the release of the school calendar early this year. The success of the extension is commendable; the Students' Union and the School management are worthy of this commendation.
On the part of the students, here's a Clarion call: the delay in payment of the school fees to some students is not borne out of financial incapacity but out of indifference attitude towards the payment. As providence would have it, the registration was postponed. Few hours before the deadline, the website was down and students weren't able to pay school fee. The condition at this deadline left many students in a situation of fear and anxiety. In order to avoid this, it's advisable to be wary of the evil of deadline.