Fayemi signs executive order to stop illegal school fees
Written by NobleAdmin on October 24, 2018
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has taken further steps to revoke collection of illegal levies and fees in public primary and secondary schools.
The governor on Wednesday signed an Executive Order banning extortion of pupils in the guise of various fees collected by some principals, head teachers and other school officials.
Fayemi also approved N200 million as car and housing loans for teachers in public schools in the state to boost their morale.
The governor disclosed that the loans will be disbursed on or before November 15 adding that payment of arrears of salaries owed by the last administration will commence any moment from now.
Speaking after signing the executive order at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti, Fayemi said it also provides for free and compulsory education in government owned primary and secondary schools.
The governor was joined at his table by pupils and students of public schools who applauded him as he signed the order into law.
The executive order, according to him, makes provisions foe stiffer sanctions and penalties for school principals and head teachers extorting pupils and students through illegal fees.
Fayemi explained that the action was taken because of reports that school heads were still collecting illegal fees after his pronouncement banning same last Wednesday during his senatorial town hall meetings.
The governor expressed dismay that some principals and head teachers were still extorting students under the pretext of collecting “voluntary donations.”
Fayemi stressed that the executive order would prevent any of such illegality in schools, eliminate school dropout and as well encourage children enrollment.
He urged parents to report any head of schools who asked their children for money to the ministry of education for necessary action against would be culprits.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Princess Adekunbi Obaisi, noted that the executive order would go a long way at strengthening the education policy in the state.
Also the State Chairman of Nigeria union of Teachers Mr. Samuel Olugbesan said the government initiative marked the beginning of a new dawn in the education sector.
One of the students, Ruth Ogunseye, hailed the gesture of the governor which she said will bring back some of her colleagues who had been forced to withdraw from school.
A teacher, Mr. Segun Adeparusi, said the approval of N200 million as car and housing loans will motivate the teachers to give their best.