Free Education in IMSU: What is good for the goose is good for the gander

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Governor Rochas Okorocha

The Governor last week declared absolute scholarship for all students of Imo State University (IMSU) irrespective of their states of origin.

It was all cheers and chants of his praises as he also put a stop to almost all fees paid by students including the N50, 000 acceptance fee paid by new students. He also instructed that all textbooks must be sold only at the school bookshop.

I felicitate with the students and especially their parents but my concern however is those who have graduated from the university.

I wonder if the Governor is aware of the outrageous amount graduates pay in order to get their transcripts sent to where they wish to continue their academic pursuits or other engagements that require transcripts.

They pay as high as N15, 000 if the transcript is going to a local destination and N30, 000 if it’s going to an international destination. This is outside other undocumented fees paid by students in order to facilitate the process.

This amount is unnecessarily high and unfair to the graduates and most times delays their plans for further studies. I have spoken with countless people and they all share the same concern.

Imagine having to send your transcript to an evaluation body outside the country and also to more than one post graduate school outside Nigeria.

If the Governor can waive almost all fees in the university for the students, I believe he can do same to benefit those who have graduated from the university as most are still unemployed and deserve to benefit from this government also.

I can authoritatively state that Imo State University is one of the costliest schools when it comes to processing transcripts.

I remember a former Governor once said education is not a cheap venture and shouldn’t be for everyone. Unless the present administration is in agreement with the statement, they should do something about it because people shouldn’t have to go bankrupt or become miserable because they want to get education.

As the saying goes, “what is good for the goose is good for the gander”, the government, the school alumni and all concerned authorities should please come to the rescue.


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