The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that his administration remains irrevocably committed to free education in all public primary and secondary schools.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin said government would not renege on promises made to the people on the issue of free education.
”The State does not intend to impose any charges or school fees on pupils in public primary schools and has not authorized any secondary or technical school Principal to collect levies or charges from any student as being insinuated in some quarters”, the statement said.
Somorin urged the people of the State to disregard insinuations that students are to pay some mandatory fees when schools resume next week, adding that people should keep faith with the new administration which would not be distracted from providing focused and qualitative governance.
According to the statement, Government was aware of some donations by the Parents, Teachers Association (PTA), noting that, “from available records, it was the PTA that volunteered in 2017 and approved the said donation of N2,700 per pupil and thereafter, in 2018, raised the amount by N1,000 and it became N3,700, which according to the parents’ body, was to cover, computer, PTA levy, Insurance, Sport-JET-Lit and school materials, such as caps, badges, beret and file jacket.
It further restated that education remained a major pillar of the Prince Abiodun-led administration which made the Governor to declare state of emergency in the sector, saying that government had put one of the abandoned Model Schools into positive use as the governor is very passionate about improving the quality of education to restore the lost glory of the sector.
The release concluded that, ‘’the State is the education capital of this country. However, the results of our students in both internal and external examinations have been on a decline and imposing levies will rather exclude some very indigent students from having access to education. That is not our goal. We run an inclusive Government and we will not toy with the educational legacy of the future leaders of the State and will do the needful to correct the anomalies that exist within the system’’.