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Return illegal fees, ODSG orders Principals

Return illegal fees, ODSG orders Principals

By Bukola Olamona
Ondo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has ordered schools principals who were found culpable in collecting illegal fees to begin to pay back the money.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a Statutory meeting  of the Commissioner  with All Nigeria Confederation of  Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Ondo state chapter held at Aquinas College, Akure.

The communique  said the principals would have to return the fees openly as their actions have  caused embarrassment to  the State  government.

It also said that those found wanting will be dealt with according to normal regulatory rules.

The communique also  stated that by year 2020, all teachers without the professional certificate will be  shown the way out of the profession nationwide, therefore, all teachers in the state  who are yet to acquire the professional certificate should  do so without delay.

It also said that  land encroachment in schools  is a  serious crime, adding that any principal who colludes with anybody to compromise the  territorial integrity of his/her school will be sanctioned.

“Principals should cultivate the habit of planting trees to safeguard the territory of the school, but all tree felling activities within the schools must be with the approval of the Ministry of Education”

The communique also called on principals  to reach out to well  to do old students who will be willing to support the school, saying that School Based  Management Committee (SBMC)  should be constituted in all schools in the state.

In an interview with the Commissioner, Mr Femi Agagu, he said the meeting is a quarterly one aimed at ensuring that everything does on well in the session.

He called on the principals to prioritise what they want to do with PTA levies, so as to make judicious use of it.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Rev Akin Asaniyan also said the issue on ground is not only on  illegal fees alone as it has come to the notice of the Ministry that some schools collected baskets, mops and many other things, including collecting money from parents to check the just released Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE),describing it  as an aberration

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