Refund Unathorised Levies now - EKSG Orders School Heads


The Ekiti State Government has ordered heads of public primary and
secondary schools who had collected unauthorized levies at the
beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year to refund their students.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who ordered a full
compliance by head teachers and principals of public primary and
secondary schools at his office today, Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, stressed that the Education
Development Levy and other unauthorized fees remained abolished in the
state.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Odunayo
Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor further directed that evidence of such
refunds must be brought to the Ministry of Education for verification.

The Deputy Governor stressed that where such fees were collected
and remitted into government coffers, such schools should bring the
evidence of such remittance to the Ministry of Education.

Egbeyemi said the action was consequent upon the Executive Order 001
signed by the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on 24th October, 2018
abolishing payment of Education Development Levy and other
unauthorized fees in the state.

The statement reads: “Consequent upon the Executive Order 001 signed
by the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Deputy
Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has ordered a full compliance by the
heads of all public primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State as
follows:

“That no pupil of primary and student of secondary schools in Ekiti
State should pay any unauthorized fees or levies, especially the
Education Development Levy any longer.

“That in case where such fees, especially the Education Development
Levy, have been collected from pupils and students from this first
term (2018/2019 academic session), such fees collected must be
returned or refunded to the pupils and students and evidence of such
refunds must be brought to the Ministry of Education for verification.

“That where such fees have been collected and remitted into government
coffers, such schools should bring evidence of such remittance to the
Ministry of Education.

“The above does not preclude voluntary donations, contributions from
philanthropic bodies, Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and School
Based Management Committees (SBMCs) made towards the improvement of
education standards in schools across the state.

“Heads of public primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State are
therefore warned to adhere strictly to the content of this directive
from the state government.”

The directive had been conveyed in a letter to stakeholders in the
education sector including the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry
of Education, Teaching Service Commission (TSC) and State Universal
Basic Education Board (SUBEB),

Others were All Area Education Officers, state chapters of All Nigeria
Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and
Association of Primary School Heads of Nigeria (AOPSHON).

The rest were Principals of Government Colleges/Science Colleges,
Principals, Gifted Academy International, Afao/Special Schools,
Principals of all Public Secondary Schools and Ekiti State Chapter of
National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).

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