June 14, 2021

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Rivers SUBEB Chair Warns Principals Against Extorting Parents…Principal: Why We Levy Parents

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Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board; Ven. Fyneface Ndubuisi Akah has warned principals of public schools in the state for the umpteenth time, against extorting parents.
Most parents, especially in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area had alleged that principals in state schools were charging them an enrolment fee of about 6,000 while others said it was termed graduation to new class dues.
This is coming even as a principal in one of the public schools has given reasons why they impose levies on parents. A principal who spoke on conditions of anonymity with TNN said “Though I don’t know how true that is and also it is very wrong for us as principals to go against the order of the governor of the state. But let me also point it that the governor needs to back his words with action in the sense that he has to make provisions that will sustain the free education policy.
“We have security personnel that we pay, cleaners. When the field is over grown, we hire labourers because these children are small children, we buy necessary materials like tissue, soap, hand towel, brooms, mob, machete and so on, where will the money come from?
“There are necessary practicals, mini-practical they need to do how do we generate money for it? Government should help, free education is great but provisions must be made to sustain it.”
But chairman of the board, does not see this as an excuse. He wants the principals to stop any form of charges, just as he said they should not send any child home on account of not having school uniform, as anyone caught would be severely dealt with.
Akah who gave this warning during a meeting with the supervising directors and the social mobilization desk officers of the 23 local government education authorities considered approaches that would help move the BESDA programme forward.
He urged them to uphold the vision and mission of the BESDA, an acronym for Better Education Service Delivery for All, a World Bank programme aimed at solving the out of school children pervading the country.
Akah flayed the level of absenteeism exhibited by some staff and promised that the board would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that those who do not take their jobs seriously were adequately punished.

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