Ekiti State government has issued a stern warning to heads of public Primary and Secondary schools across the State, to desist from levying their pupils any form of fees, as education is completely free up to secondary school level in the State.
While speaking in his office in Ado-Ekiti, the Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua stressed that any levy under any guise, from primary to secondary education, remains illegal, and any school head found in the act will face the penalty.
Aare Olumilua explained that as part of efforts to restoring our values and encouraging the enrolment of school-age children, “Dr Kayode Fayemi had at the beginning of this administration signed an executive order, revoking education levies in primary and secondary schools in the State; therefore, it becomes an illegality for any head of school to levy any child”.
The Commissioner who revealed that there were speculations about some schools in Ikere-Ekiti said to be levying innocent parents, and asking them to pay certain monies, warned that any school head caught doing this, will be treated as one who is sabotaging the efforts of government at making education affordable in the State. He added that any victim of such an illegal levy is to report such flagrant abuse to the Ministry of Education immediately.
He stressed that Dr Kayode Fayemi is committed to turning around the educational sector of the State, adding that this administration will do everything within its power to return the State to its rightful position as far as education is concerned in the nation.