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Edo abolishes infrastructure levy in private schools

BENIN—Edo State Government has abolished the payment of infrastructural levy by students of private schools in the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Ngozi Osarenren, who briefed newsmen shortly after the Executive Council Meeting  yesterday, said it was decided that the levy  be abolished after reviewing extensively the decision taken in 2003.

According to her, it was a decision taken by the EXCO in 2003 that public and private schools in the state pay infrastructural levy.

She said, “Government has decided that we do not think it is proper to ask private schools to pay the infrastructural levy of N1,500 per student annually.”

She noted that the decision became necessary because after paying school fees that are quite high, it is improper for the government to demand the levy from the private schools and assured that the Ministry of Education will ensure that there are adequate infrastructure in public schools.

The Commissioner appealed to all private school owners not to pay the levy to anyone under any guise because the Exco has reversed the decision taken in 2003, insisting that the levy is no longer tenable.

She, however, said that the oversight function of the Ministry of Education, as the regulatory body of the Education sector, is still in place.


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