Alleged N3,000 Xmas party levy pitches parent against school director
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Mrs. Blessing Edet-Effiong, whose daughter attends Wisdom International Nursery and Primary School, Awka, Anambra state, has cried foul over denial of the pupil the opportunity to take the school’s test on account of non-payment of Christmas party levy.
Mrs Edet-Effiong described the treatment meted out on her daughter, Mercy Edet-Effiong a four-year-old nursery two pupil, as unjustified since she had fully paid her tuition fees, adding that party levy should not be compulsory.
According to the parent, Mercy was the only pupil sent out of school for non-payment of the N3000.00 levy. She said that she had paid the N11,000 school fees but the daughter was still chased out of school.
“I paid N11,000 at the beginning of the term, and another N6,000, to balance N2,500 in respect of the textbooks. Now, the director is insisting that my daughter must not take test unless I pay N3000 for the end of the year party.”
Calling for justice and measures to curb the excesses of the school director,
Mrs Edet-Effiong noted that other pupils were allowed to take the 1st term test but the director particularly prevented her daughter from partaking in the school-wide test.
Wondering why her child should be singled out for such treatment, she said: ““I confronted him to allow her because I don’t have money yet. Besides, such functions should not be made compulsory for the child. We had argument over the levy that nearly led to a fight but for the timely intervention of two friends who went with me. After the quarrel, he walked me out of his office and asked me never to return to the school,” adding:
“Right now, I don’t want my child in that school again. All I want is for them to give me the textbook for which I had already committed N6,000, so I can look for another school for my daughter”.
To ascertain the veracity of her claim, OrientDaily spoke with other parents whose wards attend Divine Wisdom School.
A parent who gave her name as Mrs. MaryRose, said that the school director was gradually turning the school into a commercial hub, narrating how he had increased the said end of the year party levy from N2,000 to N3,000.
She said that none of her two children were chased out of the school due to non-payment of party levy, alluding that the director might be displaying favoritism.
“I have two children in the school and none of them was chased out of the school. I’m yet to pay their party levies because I don’t have the money now. After paying all these things, in January, they will start asking you for school fees.
“For me, it is not fair that the child was driven out of the school especially when she is not the only defaulter, moreover, when she has also paid the N11,000 school fees,” the mother of two said.
Another parent, who pleaded anonymity, said that the director never told her that the party levy was compulsory, and expressed shock over the sad incident.
Contacted, the director, Mr. Amaechi Obiesili, denied that the child was sent out of school because of party levy, explaining that the N3,000 was supposed to be part of school fees.
The school director claimed that Mrs. Edet-Effiong formented trouble in the school, disclosing their resolve to let her and the child leave the school.