Erring school heads, teachers and non-teaching staff in public primary and secondary schools in Delta State who flout the state government’s directive of zero tolerance on illegal collection of levies would be adequately sanctioned, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has said.
Ebie, who disclosed this in a release personally signed by him and made available to The Pointer, stated that the zero tolerance on illegal collection of fees in public primary and secondary schools in Delta State was still in force.
He said that the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education would not hesitate to invoke relevant sanction on any erring school head, teaching and non-teaching staff in public primary and secondary schools across the state that flouts government’s directive on zero tolerance on illegal collection of levies under any guise.
While expressing shock over reports that some school heads and teachers have devised various means of exploiting school children, Ebie said “even more worrisome is the fact that some of them have become suppliers of uniforms, textbooks and other materials while compelling unsuspecting school children, parents and guardians to buy same from them”.
The commissioner further stated that such unprofessional conduct will not be allowed to continue, just as he warned those engaging in the despicable act to desist forthwith as the ministry will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against anyone engaging in the act of illegal collection of levies.
He urged parents and guardians not to succumb to intimidation from any quarter, adding that they should report any form of illegal levies and where in doubt, seek clarification from the ministry.
REPORTED BY DANTES ODOGWU