AKURE – The Chairman, Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr Ade Adeniyi, on Thursday warned head teachers to desist from collecting illegal fees from pupils.
Adeniyi gave the warning at St. Luke Anglican Primary School, Idi-Agba Tutun, Akure, during an interactive session with management of the board on a report received by SUBEB.
The report stated that some pupils were disallowed from writing examinations over the non-payment of some levies and stressed that such charges were illegal.
Adeniyi said the attitude of some head teachers was a form of sabotage to the efforts of the state government.
He said the administration of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko was providing free and quality education for the people of the state.
The chairman added that pupils from all public primary schools in the state were not supposed to pay any fee.
Adeniyi promised that the board would continue to monitor all public primary schools in the state to ensure that the policy of the government was strictly implemented.
Also, the Permanent Secretary of the board, Mrs Moji Ajayi, said that the management would meet with all head teachers and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) to dissuade them from collecting illegal fees.
She stated that government was not collecting any fee from pupils because education was free in the state, particularly at the primary level.
He said that any head teacher found wanting after the warning would be disciplined.
Earlier, members of Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Education said they visited the board to familiarise themselves with its activities and to evolve ways of moving education forward in the state.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Banso Adeyinka, stressed the need for board members and its staff to support the government’s policies aimed at changing the face of education in the state.
He promised that the assembly would cooperate with SUBEB toward achieving the government’s dreams on basic education. (NAN)