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