Access to quality education is not only a fundamental right but also a catalyst for socio-economic development. By investing in the education of our youth, we are investing in a brighter and more prosperous future for Plateau State.
Your Excellency, we believe that your commitment to the education sector can alleviate the financial burden currently faced by students and their families.
Your Excellency sir, on behalf of the concerned students and parents of Plateau State, I wish to bring to your attention a matter of utmost importance regarding the accessibility of tertiary education in our state.
Recent developments have seen a significant increase in the fees and associated costs of tertiary education within Plateau State. This sudden hike in expenses has placed an enormous burden on students and their families, jeopardising the dreams and aspirations of many who aspire to pursue higher education.
We kindly appeal to your administration to institute a comprehensive scholarship programme that will benefit deserving students across Plateau State. Scholarships based on academic merit, financial needs and talent should be made available to ensure that no qualified student is denied access to quality education due to financial constraints.
Explore options to reduce the current tuition fees at our tertiary institutions, making education more affordable for students and their families.
Establish financial assistance programmes to support students in covering other related expenses, such as textbooks, accommodation, and transportation, to ease their financial burdens considering this recent inflation in our country.
Ensure transparency in the allocation and distribution of scholarships and financial aid, with clear criteria and an equitable selection process.
Encourage partnerships with the private sector to create scholarship and internship opportunities, fostering a symbiotic relationship between the academic community and local industries.
We respectfully urge you to consider these requests and take decisive action to ensure that education remains accessible and affordable for all citizens of Plateau State.
We look forward to positive developments in the education sector under your visionary leadership.
Muhammad Auwal Muhammad, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri