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Lagos goes tough on illegal school levies

By Amaka Abayomi

LAGOS State Government has warned head teachers in its schools to desist from collecting illegal levies and fees from students and pupils or face severe consequences.

Speaking at an interactive session with representatives of Head-teachers and Parents’ Forum of public primary schools in the state, Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, and the Chairperson, State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Gbolahan Daodu, said such levies negated the education policy thrust of the state.

She said: “Though the calls have reduced, a lot of parents still call and send text messages complaining of one levy or the other that their wards are forced to pay.

“One mother called and was crying that her two children were being beaten daily because of their failure to pay the N500 each, being demanded by the school.”

Stressing that defaulting schools would have themselves to blame, Mrs Daodu charged head teachers to always discuss with schools’ Parents Forum and SUBEB on any project they wanted to embark on for assistance.

On the forthcoming JSS1 placement, billed for April 20, Daodu declared that only candidates with 50 percent pass would be admitted into JSS1, while admission into JSS2 and SS2 would no longer be accepted.

She noted that it was no longer business as usual for those involved in admission racketeering, warning that any child that failed to sit for and pass the placement exams would not be admitted into any public junior secondary school in the state.


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