By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Contrary to the directive by Delta State Government on the specified amounts to be collected from parents for this new academic session in both public primary and secondary schools, Principals in public secondary schools in Ogwashi-Uku have embarked on the collection of levies far and above the approved amounts.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that contrary to the state government’s approved amount of N1,050 for old students in public secondary schools, Nshiagu College collects N1, 800 per student, while Comprehensive Secondary School also in Ogwashi-Uku collects N1, 550 per student.
Findings indicate that Ngwu Secondary School, also in Ogwashi-Uku, collects N1,550 per student, while an unconfirmed source said that management of Adaigbo Secondary School collects N1, 250 per student.
It would be recalled that during the 2018 World Teachers Day Celebration in Asaba, the Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, in his goodwill message to teachers in Delta State, had appealed to the executives of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) to assist the state government in checkmating what he termed: “The evil of illegal collection of levies in schools across the state by heads of both primary and public secondary schools’.
At the occasion, Mr. Ebie had revealed that the amount approved by the state government for collection from students is N400 for primary pupils, while secondary school students are to pay N1, 250 for new students and N1, 050 for old students.
The Commissioner had revealed that the circular as to the total amount approved by government for collection had been sent to the various schools across the state.
But investigation by our correspondent has, however, revealed that rather than abide by the directive of the state government, heads of secondary schools in Ogwashi-Uku have upped their collections from students with various sums as stipulated by them, contrary to the directive of the state government.
Principal of Nshiagu College who spoke to journalists denied all the allegations, adding that such illegal levies do not exist in his school.