Pupil got sent away from school due to unpaid N900 Fees

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Pupil got sent away from school due to unpaid N900 Fees

A pupil got sent the school for failing to pay N900 examination fees. Success Adegor is a seven year old pupil of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1, Sapele, Delta State of Nigeria.

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The pupil got sent away but the outburst attracted celebrities, politicians and other well-wishers attention who came to the girl’s rescue and offered her money and scholarship up to university level.

One of such issues is the illegal levy collection in state-run educational institutions; another is the deplorable state of her school and other public schools.

How free is Delta ‘s free education? The Delta State government, like many others across the country, runs free education policy at primary and secondary school levels in government-owned schools.

“My two kids are in Abbot Primary School, a government school in Sapele. We pay all kinds of levies and even after Success issue, they did not stop collecting cash from us, even last week Friday, they sent my son to me that if I did not pay the examinations fee, they would drive him from school, I had to look for the money for them.

“Let the government come to our aid, we are tired of having to pay for this and pay for that.The school is not free and if you calculate how much we are paying, you will find out it is even more than private school,’’ said Mrs Chinonso Ogenekevwe.

To ensure regular payments of school subventions, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Chiedu Ebie said his ministry during budget review canvassed for subventions to schools be de-classified from non- regular subvention to regular subvention sub-heads.

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Delta State Wing, Mr Titus Okotie-Eboh, said the government was not providing enough funds for school heads to run the schools.

“In line with the Universal Basic Education Law, the state government has paid its counterpart funds of about N6 billion from 2013 to 2017 which has enabled it attract about N13 billion to fund education in the state.”In Delta, we have a total of 1,125 Nursery and Primary, 465 secondary and six technical schools.

“To enhance access to education and in consonance with Sustainable Development Goals four, the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration established 46 new schools made up of 12 primary and 34 secondary schools,” he said.

Posted: March 28, 2019, | Category: Local News
Source: Thenationonlineng

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