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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Gov. Wike Declares Free Primary And sSecondary Education In Rivers

In a bid to increase access to quality education, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced the total abolition of all forms of fees and levies in public primary and secondary schools across the state.

Wike directed state-owned primary and secondary schools to stop collecting fees and levies from students and pupils with immediate effect.

He stated that henceforth, the State Government will be sending direct allocations to all primary and secondary schools management for their operations.

The Governor spoke on Monday during a meeting with the heads of primary and secondary schools, Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House Port Harcourt.

He said: “From today henceforth, no child either in primary and secondary schools should pay fees and levies in any school across the State.

The monies you collect from these children are just used for your personal purposes. If I hear that any school head collects any fees or levies, be they examination, NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned.
We shall not only dismiss the school head who collects fees or levies, we will prosecute the person involved.

“Government will work out grants that will be sent to the schools for their regular management and operations.”

Wike directed the State Ministry of Education, the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board and the State Universal Basic Education Board to monitor all public schools across the state to ensure compliance.

The Governor stated that the administration funds the salaries, allowances, examinations and equipment of all public schools. He assured parents that his administration will remain committed to the provision of quality education, which is accessible to the less privileged.

“I have abolished all fees and levies and it will never happen again in our public primary and Secondary schools. Nobody should collect fees and levies from the children of the less privileged,” he said.

The statement signed by Simeon Nwakandu, media aide to the Governor, said the school heads celebrated the new directive of the Rivers State Governor.
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  1. Replies
    1. The ones who can’t develop their states who roam from state to state enjoying what they did not develop will all run there now because they have heard free education

  2. Good way to go. Congrats to Rivers people. #The Garden City#

  3. Wow this is good. In 2015 I once saw some secondary school children going home during break time & I stooped them and asked where they were going only for them to say they owe school fees of 4500# and were sent home. I started wondering if education isn't supposed to be free at that level.

    1. If you check well, it wasn’t even tuition they were owing but other levies and fees. During Amaechi’s tenure he focused mostly on education so schools were also tuition-free with free books, bags and sandals (so it was meant to be), but corruption stood in the way, the Principals still looked for a way to extort money from pupils and students. Let’s hope it won’t be the same again.

  4. Nice development sir...but Sir it’s not about abolishing the fees and levies,it’s about putting a structure that checks the educational system in the state.

    Are teachers teaching as they should or are they using students to peel melon during school hours? Are students being used to farm?? Are the teachers even qualified to teach not just by certificates...

    The progress rate every term/session should be monitored too.

    May the Lord give you the wisdom and grace you will need to lead the people right🙏

  5. Please wike should just stop all these . How many people ho to these schools? Even children of poor domestic staff goes to private schools. Right now that the rains have started, some schools are ko ho area. Very flooded,that the children have to passle water to get in.
    Good luck to him, if he can implement it. Went to grand bonny,and wept for my community.

  6. I hope the funding will be sustainable


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