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Nigeria bans PTA levies in unity schools

Education minister Adamu Adamu

The Federal Ministry of Education has banned the collection of development levies by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) in the unity schools across the country.

A statement from the Federal Ministry of Education on Tuesday in Abuja, said the ban was to alleviate the sufferings of parents.

The statement signed by Mr Bem Goong, Deputy Director, Press, said the ban was with immediate effect.

“No PTA of any unity college is allowed to initiate any development project in any of the unity colleges without the express or written authorisation of the Federal Ministry of Education.

“The  new measures are aimed at arresting the shocking trend where development levies imposed on parents by PTAs are becoming higher than the school fees charged by government which established the unity schools.’’

Goong  said that the minister cited  excessive PTA levies at Kings College Lagos, and Federal Science and Technical College Yaba.

In these schools,  fees charged for JSS1 in the first term is N69, 400.00, while the PTA collections stand at N70,000.00 and N74,000 respectively per child for the same first term.

“This brings the total paid by parents in these two schools to N139,400 and N143,400 respectively.

“With the reduction on development levies and ban on charges for new projects as well as pegging of the development levy to a maximum of N5,000, parents of JSS1 in these two schools will now pay N88,000.

“I acknowledge the complementary roles played by parents and the support provided by the PTA to the Colleges, but  I will not  allow the PTAs to constitute themselves into a government within a government at the level of unity schools and at the expense of parents,’’ the minister said.

Goong said that Adamu expressed concern on the activities of PTAs in unity colleges  which had even formed themselves into national associations.

He quoted the minister as saying that running additional organizations such as National Parents and Teachers Association of Federal Government Colleges, (NAPTAFEGC) increased the burden on parents.

NAPTAFEGC recently rejected the over 300 per cent increase in school fees of unity schools across the country.

National President of NAPTAFEGC, Dr Gabriel Nnaji, had told newsmen that the increase from N20, 000 to N75, 000, was unacceptable by the parents.

He said that an average parent with more than a child in unity schools would not be able to afford it.

Adamu had earlier on Tuesday denied knowledge of the increment in fees of unity schools.(NAN)