EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Gambia College administration has reversed its decision to increase tuition fee following a negotiation deal with Student Union on Tuesday.
Earlier in August, students of the Early Child Development (ECD) class at the College’s School of Education protested in disapproval of an administration decision to increase tuition fee from 7, 000 dalasi to 10, 000 dalasi in an academic year.
The decision virtually sparked a serious conflict from the continuing students, who refused to pay 12, 000 dalasi claiming that was not written on their acceptance letters at the time of admission. The protesters include students, Teachers Association and the Gambia College Students Union who all directly engaged the authorities.
Following the students protest against the decision in early August, the administration in late August defended itself, saying the decision was just a renewal of the original amount that was put for the students.
The College’s administration have been complaining of low subsidies from government and decided to increase the tuition fees for the Early Childhood Education (ECD) students.
The Student Union information minister, Swaibou Sey said the president of the Union Antouman Jagne was invited at the Ministry of High Education, Research Science and Technology (MOHERST) to discuss the issue. “The meeting was attended by the Registrar at the College, principal, president of the academic board, chairman and vice chairman of Gambia College council,” he said.
He said at the meeting, an agreement was met to reverse the decision over the tuition fee increment in which ongoing students will continue to pay 7, 000 dalasi.