Gov. Abiodun reintroduces school fees 100 days after promising free education

By David Olalekan.

The Ogun State Ministry of Education has announced that pupils in public secondary schools and technical colleges are to pay the sum of N3,700 per term, which amounts to N11,100 for the 2019/2020 academic session.

According to the state government, the fee is a ‘donation’ requested by the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA).

Here’s a breakdown of the fees:

1. PTA levy – N600 (On a termly basis)

2. Computer levy – N500 (On a termly basis)

3. Insurance – N500 (Once per session)

4. Sport/Jet/Literary – N300 (On a termly basis)

5. School materials (Caps, badge, beret etc.) – N1,500

6. File jacket (both for old and new intakes) – N300

INSIDER learnt that, in a circular dated 27th August and signed by the Director of Education (Secondary) Akonsolu M.I. on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, all principals in the state were mandated to “adhere strictly with the content of this circular as the state government has zero tolerance to collection of unapproved fees in all public secondary schools/technical colleges.”

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was reported to have promised free education in all public schools in the state, both before and after his election.

It was also gathered that the governor has come under criticism for flouting his promises less than 100 days in office, as many compared him with his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, who had long outlawed all forms of fees or levies in Oyo state.

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