Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, yesterday, signed an Executive Order banning various fees collected by some principals, head teachers and other school officials.
The governor also approved N200 million car and housing loans for teachers in public schools to boost their morale. The governor promised to ensure the loans are disbursed on or before November 15, adding that payment of arrears of salaries owed by the last administration will commence any moment from now.
Speaking after signing the executive order, at a ceremony at the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti, Fayemi said the order also provides for free and compulsory education in government-owned primary and secondary schools.
The executive order, according to him, makes provisions for stiffer sanctions and penalties for school principals and head teachers extorting pupils and students through illegal fees.
Fayemi said the action was taken because of reports that school heads were still collecting illegal fees after his pronouncement banning same last Wednesday, during his senatorial town hall meetings.
The governor was shocked that some principals and head teachers were still extorting students under the pretext of collecting “voluntary donations.”
Fayemi said the executive order would prevent any of such illegality in schools, eliminate school drop out and encourage children enrolment.
He urged parents to report any head of schools who ask their children for money to the ministry of education for necessary action.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Princess Adekunbi Obaisi, noted thatsaid the executive order would go a long way in strengthening the education policy in the state.
Also, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Samuel Olugbesan, said the government initiative marked the beginning of a new dawn in the education sector.