The director of King’s College Lagos, Andrew Ali Agada, has said it was not true that the university made it compulsory for all its students to stay at the hostel.
He also debunked the claim that management had increased the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) development fee from N5,000 to N10,000 per student per semester, saying the claim was also false.
The director refuted both claims that had gone viral on social media on Friday during a press conference attended by the college’s PTA leadership.
He said he would not have bothered to address the media about what he called fake news and the earlier protest of so-called concerned parents in college, but with the aim of settling the matter in the best interests of parents and students and other college stakeholders.
He said this was because, while King’s College would have liked all of its students to remain in the hostels in order to fully focus on their studies and other activities expected of them, as the policy had specified, the school had not enough space over the years to accommodate all students.
He said that was why the college’s students in both the lower and upper classes were always given the choice of either coming from home or staying in the hostels on both the university’s main and satellite campuses.
He even said that the priority of who would benefit from the hostel facilities arrangement had always been given to students whose parents or guardians live outside Lagos State.
He explained the actual situation on the ground regarding the hostel facility and said that the school currently has more boarding space to accommodate more students from JSS1 to SS1 and then encouraged them to take the opportunity from the next academic session, while taking the same opportunity was not open to those in SS2 and SS3.
He also said the school wants to ensure that both day and boarding students maintain their residency arrangements, especially during JSS or SSS classes for easier control and monitoring, rather than staying in the hostel this semester and away from home for another semester. come.
He said that’s why he wondered why some people, under whatever guise, could now misinterpret that development as a mandatory school management policy.
He claimed that boarding will remain optional for college students.
On the PTA development charge, he said that the decision to pay additional N3,000 per student was strictly taken by the association and that it was taken at the general meeting before the students went on a long vacation.
The PTA president of the college, Sunday Ameh, confirmed both of the director’s claims.
He said the hostel facility still remains optional for college students in all classes and is not aware of mandating it, while N3,000 extra payment (and not N5,000 as reported by some media platforms) because PTA charge per student was strictly the decision of parents at the last congress.
He said verily, the federal government approved PTA levy for all unity colleges including King’s College had been N5,000 per student per semester over the years but that the current economic reality in the country with daily increase of the cost of items and services required for the additional N3,000 charge per student.
He emphasized that the parents agreed on the decision and that it will be implemented for the time being in the next term, in the hope that the economy can improve again soon.
He said that PTA injects up to N60 million into the college as intervention funds annually, even as school needs increase every day.
He said that as a way to increase the shortage of teachers and other workers, PTA employed up to 75 academic and non-academic ad hoc staff and paid them a monthly salary of N4 million.
“We also pay the Lagos State licensed PSP solid waste collector serving the college up to N560,000 monthly.
“The amount was about N200,000 monthly before jumping to its current price, with the garbage collector using the rising costs of diesel and vehicle parts, among other things, to justify the increase.
“Apart from that, we pay about N320,000 monthly to the cleaning companies and we also help the college buy diesel to run the generator in the event of a power outage and we also do many other things like repairs the toilets of students and and so on,” he added.
Agada said it would be difficult for the college, like other federal government colleges, to function effectively without this parental intervention.
“So it was shocking to hear that some parents were protesting the new N3,000 intervention tax after we all agreed to pay the amount provisionally at our last congress to help the college move forward.
“Even if some parents later disagree and want to object to the earlier decision, they should have contacted the PTA leadership or better yet their complaints on our general PTA WhatsApp platform for another round of talks rather than now the raise it to the school management,” he emphasized.