There is disquiet at University of Abuja, following the decision of the management to introduce an examination fees regime under which students pursuing doctor of philosophy, Ph. D, and masters programmes are to pay N200,000 and N150,000, respectively.
A circular to this effect was issued by the Dean, Post-Graduate School of the university, Prof. E. J. C. Nwana.
The examination fees, considered arbitrary and exorbitant by students, are separate from the fees charged by the university for PG courses. The university management also added more than doubled fees for masters from N41,400 (Sciences) and N55,900 (Arts) to N99,500 (Sciences)and N114,000 (Arts).
The increases, according to the circular, took effect from 2014/2015 academic session and school fees are to be paid every session by the PG students and there will be no clearance if any arrears are unpaid.
Some of the PG students, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, complained bitterly over the charges for external defence of thesis and dissertation as the university had no such fees when they were admitted.