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Stop Charging Fees in Schools, AjimobiTells Principals

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Governor Abiola
Ajimobi of Oyo State has warned heads of
government-owned schools to desist
from charging fees under any guise in
public primary and secondary schools in
the state.
He gave the warning while hosting
executive members of the All Nigeria
Confederation
of Principals of Secondary Schools
(ANCOPSS) who paid him a courtesy visit
in
his office.
Ajimobi, who reiterated the free
education policy of his administration
in both primary and secondary schools,
enjoined the school heads to avoid
charging their students illegal fees but
should rather work for the success of
the students in public examinations.
A statement by the governor’s Special
Adviser Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo
quoted Ajimobi as saying, “I have
found out that some teachers were
charging students underground fees;
teachers
should desist from charging any extra
money or fee.’’
The governor urged the teachers to put in
their best to produce students who
would be the best in learning and
character.
He explained that with about 30 per cent
allocated to education in the 2014
budget, more funds would be available to
transform the education sector.
The ANCOPSS State President, Mrs.
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.
Mrs. Ojoawo also lauded the prevailing peace in the
state, which she said, had contributed
immensely to the successes so far
recorded by the Ajimobi administration.
“We thank
God for the peace in Oyo State. It is a
welcome development and we believe
that Oyo of yesteryears that was known for hooliganism of the highest degree has
now known peace. This is a major prerequisite
for meaningful development. Whatever
the
magic wands God has entrusted to our
governor to bring peace to Oyo State is
highly appreciated,’’ she said.
Mrs. Ojoawo,
however, 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 running grants to schools should be
increased.

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