Oyo warns school principals against charging illegal fees

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

Governor Abiola Ajimobi said education in public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State is free.

The Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has told heads of public secondary schools in the state that collection of fees from students and their parents under any guise is illegal.

Mr. Ajimobi, who said this while playing host to the executive members of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, in his office, said education in government-owned primary and secondary schools is free.

“I have found out that some teachers were charging students underground fees; teachers should desist from charging any extra money or fee,” he said.

He said rather than charge fees, head of the schools and teachers should ensure that students pass their examinations.

Mr. Ajimobi explained that with about 30 per cent of the state’s 2014 budget allocated to education, more funds would be available to transform the education sector.

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The ANCOPSS State President, Funmilayo Ojoawo, commended the education policy of the present administration, saying that this had helped in raising the standard of education in the state.

“We appreciate the fact that provision of free and quality education has become a huge investment; the government has not relented in providing free and qualitative education to all citizens and residents of Oyo State; tuition is totally free; government has employed highly qualified teachers to teach in our schools. This is highly commendable,” she remarked.

Ms. Ojoawo appealed to the state government to ensure that secondary school teachers, who had been on Grade Level 16 for years, were promoted to Grade Level 17.

She also requested that serving principals be considered to fill the vacant posts of permanent secretaries in the state teaching service commission, while grants to schools should be increased.

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