By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo state House of Assembly has warned principals and heads of Public Schools in the state to desist from collecting unauthorized fees and levies from students as the state Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has abolished the three thousand naira education level introduced by the immediate past Govt in the state.
The House gave the warning while deliberating on a motion on the need to check collection of unapproved fees and levies from pupils and students of public schools in Oyo state brought to the plenary by Hon Oluwafemi Oluwafowokanmi(Ibadan Southwest 2)
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin while reading the resolutions of the sitting on the motion warned that the state government will not hesitate to deal decisively with any School Head caught collecting or demanding school fees and other levies from the students.
The House urged the Executive arm of Government through the Oyo state Ministry of Education, Teaching Service Commission and the State Universal Basic Education board to ensure that public schools comply with government policies and directives on education matters.
“The decision of the Oyo state government to earmark ten percent of Oyo state annual budget for the education sector was widely applauded by the lawmakers”
In his contribution, Hon Ridwan Gbadamosi of Atisbo/Saki East constituency said he has continued to be inundated with reports of principals and Head Teachers in his constituency who extort money under the guise of fees and levies from students and pupils and promised to start compiling the names of Head Teachers who engage in such illegal activity.
Also speaking, member representing Oriire state constituency, Hon Jacob Bamigboye commended the abolition of the three thousand naira school fees collected from students of public schools in the state and asked parents not to pay any fee or levy to any Head Teacher in the state again.