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Rivers govt abolishes fees, levies in public schools

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By Amaechi Okonkwo,

In a bid to create access to quality education in schools in the state, Governor Nyesom Wike has ordered total abolition of all forms of and in public primary across the state.

The governor directed state-owned primary to stop collecting students and pupils with immediate effect.

He stated that henceforth, the state government will be sending direct allocations to all primary and secondary schools management for their operations.

He spoke on Monday during a meeting with the heads of primary and secondary schools, State Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House .

He said, “From today onwards, no child, either at primary and secondary school, should pay fees and in any school across the state. The monies you collect from these children are just used for your personal purposes.  If I hear that any school head collects any fees or , be it for examination, NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned.

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“We shall not only dismiss the school head, who collects fees or levies, we will also prosecute the person involved. Government will work out grants that will be sent to the schools for their regular management and operations”.

Governor Wike directed the state ministry of education, the State Senior Secondary Schools Board and the State Universal Basic Education Board to monitor all across the state to ensure compliance.

The governor noted that his administration funds the salaries, allowances, examinations and equipment of all . He assured parents that his administration will remain committed to the provision of quality education, which is accessible to the less privileged.

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“I have abolished all fees and levies and it will never happen again in our public primary and Secondary schools. Nobody should collect fees the children of the less privileged “, he said.

 

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