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The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has warned all principals, headteachers and zonal head education officers not to demand any payment from pupils of Public schools and colleges in the state on the account of education service delivery.
The governor who spoke through the permanent secretary of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Olu-ola Aikulola in a circular obtained by PLATFORM TIMES said the decision to make education remain fully free in all public primary and secondary schools across the state was in line his electoral promises.
The circular which had heading of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and signed by S.O Adeotan on behalf of the permanent secretary disclosed that any public officer caught flouting any of the new regulations concerning payment in public schools would be sanctioned.
The circular also explained that the Parents Teachers Association would be giving the opportunity to support the government on education through its donation after getting written approval from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The circular however said the cost of transfer both inter and intra for public schools has been fixed at five thousand naira, while special placement form and relocation was fixed at two thousand, five hundred naira.
Part of the circular reads, “Consequently, no headteachers, principals nor teachers in our public schools and colleges must be demand any payment from learners on amount of education service delivery.
“Northwistanding the above, Parents Teachers Association in our public schools in line with its constitution is at liberty to donate in support of the government, to provide or rehabilitates infrastructure facilities, employ and support PTA teachers, guards, develop sports.
“However, learners must not be discriminated on the account of non-payment by their parents. Every donation by Parents Teachers Association in our schools must have a written approval of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
“In tandem with the tradition of some of our schools, especially those with boarding facilities, learners are allowed to willfully procure school beret, caps, badges, files, etc. at non-exploitative rates approved only by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
“All other payments on revenue items into government accounts under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology have now been restored.
“Any public officer caught flouting any of these regulations will be strictly sanctioned. All education stakeholders are enjoined to abide fully with the provisions of this circular in the interest of sanctity and growth of education in our state.”