UNICAL students protest 100% increase in school fees

Academic activities were halted at the University of Calabar on Monday following students’ protests against the 100 per cent hike in the institution’s tuition fees.

Earlier, the university had released a new schedule of fees that would take effect in the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 academic sessions.
The students, who embarked on a peaceful protest to register their dissatisfaction, barricaded the roads leading into the campus, thus preventing workers from coming in.

The protest also caused heavy traffic jams on the roads, compelling some motorists to make a U-turn.
The protesters, who were no fewer than 100 in number, blocked the Mary Slessor and Etta Agbor Roads.
Many of them clutched fresh leaves, while others displayed placards with different inscriptions.
Some of the inscriptions read, “We came to school to study, not to kill our parents”;

Speaking in an interview with NAN, one of the protesters, Tony Erei, said they would continue the protest until the institution reversed to the status quo.

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