It has been more than 206 days since the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) went on strike; federal university students lost hope and some moved to other schools while some traveled outside the country and a few decided not to return to school.

Private universities have decided to take advantage of this moment to expand and boost themselves. Since the ASUU refused to end the protracted strike, parents and students at these universities decided to look for private universities in which to enroll their students.

Currently, Nigeria has 49 federal, 48 state and 79 private universities. Although the ASUU strike brought public institutions to a standstill, teaching at private universities continued. As a result, parents with the financial capability rushed to enroll their children in private universities.

Also, to help such students, some private universities have sought permission from the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) to accept students from 100 to 300 levels. For example, at Dominion University, Ibadan, students are admitted from the 300 level and not only in the first year.

According to their admissions officer, tuition is made affordable and can also be paid in installments. This is all just to help students and parents.

The ASUU strike is hurting the Nigerian economy, families and students, but for the private universities, the strike has not hurt but had a positive effect on them.

And while private institutions are willing to take qualified students, it is always important to note that this may not work or help everyone. Private institutions are notorious for their huge fees and billings, therefore not all students affected by the ASUU strike can cross.

Olugbode Adedayo, [email protected]

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