Education is free in Ondo state – SUBEB chairman
The Ondo government is operating free education policy at its mega primary schools and public primary schools in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The chairman of the state Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr Femi Akinmoladun, disclosed this to newsmen in his office on Friday in Akure.
He said the government was driven by a passion to provide free, qualitative and accessible education for every school-aged child in public primary schools and junior secondary schools in the state.
Akinmoladun urged the people to shun rumours that government was collecting N5,000 fee from parents before admitting pupils into the Caring Heart Mega School in the state.
“Education is free in Ondo state; so the admission to this Caring Heart Mega School is free. No pupil is asked to pay any kobo before he or she is admitted.”
Akinmoladun said the concept of mega primary schools was aimed at repositioning and reinvigorating education, and to address the problems of decayed infrastructure in public schools.
He also said that five mega primary schools had been delivered, adding that one was commissioned three months ago, while the other four would be commissioned before the end of October 2012.
He said work on another 28 was about 85-90 per cent completion.
Akinmoladun said 78 teachers had been recruited for the mega school, adding that “mega equipment were equally supplied ‘’, including computer sets, books, uniforms and chairs.
“The type one of mega schools will accommodate 1,050 pupils with 42 classroom, type two schools will accommodate 525 pupils with 21 classrooms, while type three will accommodate 250 with 10 classrooms.
“With the introduction of mega primary schools equipped with modern infrastructure and world class equipment, the government is moving education from the dark age to scientific age.” (NAN)