BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba – DELTA State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, yesterday, ordered the Vice-Principal of Ibruvwe Secondary School, Samagidi, Kolori in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state (names withheld) to refund immediately the money he illegally collected from students as examination fees, despite the fact that the state government had already paid for same.
Prof. Muoboghare, who was visibly angry when he paid an unscheduled visit to the school, weekend, to verify the allegation, said it was startling that some teachers and principals were still engaged in such extortion, warning that it was time to wield the big stick.
Some of the students of the school, especially those in Junior Secondary School, JSS III, had told the commissioner that each of them paid between N2,500 and N7,500 before they were enrolled for the final examination.
Muoboghare had told newsmen in Asaba that “there had been steady growth in students’ enrollment in the past five years due mainly to the increasing incentives offered to students, parents and communities by free education, payment of examination fees, infrastructural development as well as improved welfare package”.
He added that between 2009 and 2012, the state government paid N2.207billion on examination, covering enrolment fees, cognitive/placement examination for primary six pupils among others.