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Ekiti to rake in N393m from education levies

Students of public secondary schools in Ekiti are now to pay N1,000 each per term as education development levy, while those in primary schools are to pay N500, if finally approved.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Jide Egunjobi, made this known in a press release made available by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, on Tuesday.

According to him, there were 178,263 students in the 879 public primary schools; 48,960 in Junior Secondary Schools and 55,677 in Senior Secondary Schools in Ekiti State, making a total of 282,900. This amounts to N393,739,200 per term.

Egunjobi said all stakeholders in the education sector, including parents and teachers, consented to the introduction of the education development levy at the just concluded Ekiti State Education Summit.

The statement said, “Before now, secondary school students were paying N100 as PTA levy, N300 for extra lessons and N600 as examination fee, while primary school students were paying N100 as PTA levy, N300 for extra lessons and N200 as examination fee, making N600 per term.”

“Apart from the Educational Development Levy of N1,000, Secondary school students will pay N500 as Parents Teachers Association’s levy, N600 for examination, N300 for extra lessons, making N2,400 per term, while it is proposed that Primary school students will pay N100 as PTA levy, N100 for extra lessons, N100 for examination, making a total of N800 per term.

Egunjobi reiterated the government’s commitment to the restoration of the state’s lost glory in the education sector.

According to him, Ekiti recorded 36.5% performance in WAEC this year against 25% last year and that only happened because strict measures were introduced and teachers were greatly motivated and encouraged.

He recalled that in 2003, when Fayose assumed office then, Ekiti State was number 35 in WAEC and that by the time he left office in 2006, the State was number eight.

“That feat can still be recorded and we are working assiduously towards returning the state’s lost glory,” he said.

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