Academic as well as other activities at the College of Education, Warri, Delta State were brought to hold recently as students of the institution staged a peaceful protest over alleged hike in tuition fees, non-release of students’ academic records, results, and denial of access to facilities meant for the students.
The students who blocked the main entrance to the institution also protested to Crown FM and Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) where they called on the state government and other relevant authorities to put a stop to the increase of their tuition fees.
The students who carried placards with different inscription alleged hike in tuition fee, non-release of their results and other abnormalities going on in the school called on the state government and educational stakeholders to come to their aid.
The leadership of the institution’s student union body and other students who spoke said their major demand were reopening of the school’s portal and extension for the school fees to be operational to the end of the session, scrapping of late registration fee and granting of access to the students to use the restroom facilities in the school premises.
They said the protest will continue until all their demands were met by the school authority.
Contracted, Mrs. Ovusi Owarienta Enakarhire, Public Relations Officer of the institution rejected all the allegations made by the students.
She said that the institution’s management had held a meeting with the students’ union leaders and have agreed to suspend the protest and ensure that the students resume their academic work, she disclosed that what the students referred to as increase in school fees is fine for late payment of fees/registration.
Also speaking, Dr. Anthony Ifeadirah, Director, Central Record, College of Education, Warri said the reasons some of the students have not seen their results were failures on their parts to pay their tuition fees and register in the school.