By Kolade Larewaju
THE crisis rocking the education sector in Ogun State over the introduction of new fees considered to be exorbitant by private school proprietors may have been resolved as the state government has ordered the task force visiting the private schools for the enforcement of the payment of the fees/levies to suspend its action immediately.
The private school proprietors have also ordered the immediate resumption of teaching and learning activities suspended, weekend, in the private schools.
Pupils of the private schools in the state had to stay at home yesterday as the proprietors asked them to stay at home in protest of the new fees/levies imposed by government which was considered arbitrary and exorbitant.
The proprietors had said the fees which were formerly N20,000 for Nursery and Primary and N50,000 for Secondary were jerked up to N2 million, in some cases depending on the number of pupils in the schools.
But following a meeting between the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools which held last Friday the activities of the task force on the enforcement of payment were suspended.
The statement issued at the end of the meeting announced the suspension of the activities of the task force. The statement was signed by Special Adviser on Education, Otunba Francis Banwo and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji A O Solarin for the State Government and State President of NAPPS and Secretary, Rev. Soji Ajibola and Mr. Olayinka Olagunju respectively.
Apart from the suspension of the activities of the Task Force, the statement said â€œpayment for 2010 renewal fees will be addressed latest by September, 2010 between NAPPS and the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance.
â€œAll proprietors should pay their outstanding renewal fees of N20,000 for primary and N50,000 for secondary up to 2009 fiscal year; and should be paid at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Abeokuta as from 24 MayÂ 2010.
â€œAll other complaints and grievances facing NAPPS in Ogun State, including 2009 outstanding renewal fees should be harmonized and formally presented to the State Commissioner for Education, Science and technology for necessary and urgent consideration.
â€œIn view of these resolutions, all private schools are to resume for teaching and learning activities as usual in the interest of pupils and students.”