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Lawmakers halt planned 60% increase in Nigerian Law School fees

LAWSAN 1 e1535508007394On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the House of Representatives stepped in to prevent the scheduled hike in school fees at the Nigerian Law School.

The Council of Legal Education had previously endorsed a 60% increase in fees for law graduates planning to enroll in the Nigeria Law School.

This would have raised the fees from ₦296,000 to ₦476,000 for the 2023/2024 Bar Part II academic session.

In reaction to this situation, the House embraced a motion presented by the Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda, which was read on his behalf by Ginger Owusibe.

Lawmakers instructed its committees on Justice and Tertiary Education and Services to investigate possible solutions to the matter and present their findings within a two-week period.

Chinda emphasized the Nigerian Law School’s pivotal role as the institution overseeing legal education under the Council of Legal Education, clarifying the council’s authority in setting tuition fees and managing other services.

He highlighted Nigeria’s current inflation rate of 27.33%, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, and expressed concerns about the limited time provided to prospective students to accommodate the increased fees for the ongoing academic session.

The legislator cautioned that if the Council’s commitment to service quality is not balanced with students’ financial capabilities, it could result in a significant decrease in law school enrollment. This, in turn, could contribute to a higher national unemployment rate among individuals unable to pursue legal careers.

 

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