Fayemi signs order to stop education taxes, teachers get N200m loan

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has signed an Executive Order banning various fees collected by some principals, headteachers and other school officials.

He also approved N200m as car and housing loans for teachers in public schools in the state to boost their morale.

The governor disclosed that the loans would be disbursed on or before November 15 adding that payment of arrears of salaries owed by the last administration would commence any moment from now.

Speaking on Wednesday after signing, Fayemi said the executive order provided for free and compulsory education in government primary and secondary schools.

The executive order, according to him, imposes stiffer sanctions and penalties on school principals and head teachers extorting pupils and students by collecting illegal fees.

The governor stated that he signed the executive order because of reports that school heads were still collecting illegal fees after his last week’s proclamation banning education taxes.

He added that some principals and head teachers were still extorting students under the pretext of collecting “voluntary donations.”

Fayemi stressed that the executive order would prevent such illegality in schools,  eliminate pupils dropping out and encourage children enrollment.

He urged parents to report any head of school who asked their children for money to the Ministry of Education for necessary action.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Princess Adekunbi Obaisi, noted that the executive order would go a long way to strengthen the education sector in the state.

Also, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Samuel Olugbesan, said the government initiative marked the beginning of a new dawn in the education sector.
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