Cote d'Ivoire: Registration Fees At the Government Universities to Increase

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Officials of the national universities yesterday announced that the registration fees for undergraduate students are now fixed at FCFA 100,000 (about US $184), reports Fraternite Matin (p. 12). With nearly a month to go before the reopening of the universities, which have been closed since the 2011 post-electoral crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, the decision to increase the tuition fees has sparked outcry from the public, reports the paper. "From FCFA 6,000 (about US $11) to US $184, the increase of the registration fees is too high," the paper quotes a parent in Abidjan as saying. Notre Voie describes the increase as "ADO solutions for the students," while a front-page headline in L'Inter says that the fees have been increased by "1,600 percent."

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