Abia State Commissioner for Education, Associate Professor Kanelechi Nwangwa, has warned heads of private schools in the state to adhere strictly to the government-approved 30 percent fees for pupils and students.
The state government’s reaction came after it was reported that proprietors of private schools in Umuahia had, upon reopening for the second term classes, sent away their pupils and students in the demand for the payment of school fees by their parents and guardians.
It was learnt that the action of some of the school proprietors jettisoned the state government’s directives that schools, particularly the private schools, should accept only 30 percent of the normal school fees.
Giving more insight into the government’s directive, the state Education Commissioner in Umuahia, while monitoring the level of compliance of approved fees for third term 2019/2020 academic session encouraged parents to report to the ministry or area of Inspectorate in their local government areas any private school that charges beyond government approved fees.
The Education Commissioner noted that Executive Council, through electronic and print media, announced measures to be followed by head teachers of private schools, warning that the ministry will not hesitate to sanction such schools that violated government directives