Kaduna warns against charging public schools entrance fees

Jamilat Nalaraba, Kaduna

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

The Kaduna State Government has warned teachers and administrators of public primary, Junior and Senior Secondary schools against collecting money from parents before enrollment.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Phoebe Yayi gave the warning while reacting to allegations by some parents who reported being asked to pay certain amount of money before enrolling their children into schools.

”In Kaduna State, basic education remains free for all children from nursery to junior secondary school till graduation to senior secondary for all the girl-child across the State.

“Therefore, no teacher, head teacher or any school administrator should collect any amount of money from parents under any guise before enrolling a child,”Mrs Yayi said.

“We will investigate this and sanction anyone found committing such gruesome offense, which is counterproductive to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai’s led-administration’s effort to provide quality education to children in the State,” she stressed.

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She advised parents to report anyone who demanded money to register their children to the appropriate authorities so that necessary action could be taken.

While speaking on resumption for the new session, the Permanent Secretary described the turnout of students as impressive, stating that academic activities had fully commenced.

Voice of Nigeria reports that, public schools in the State have witnessed mass turnout of students and pupils as academic activities began for the 2019/2020 session.

The public secondary and primary schools in Kaduna reported that, most of the schools had about 80 percent pupils’ resumption.

Teachers were also seen in their classrooms teaching, while registration of new pupils into primary schools was on going in all the schools visited.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere