The Rivers State Government has reacted to a City News report on alleged compulsory N4000 levy collection from SS3 and JSS 3 students by the Birabi Memorial Grammar School in Bori.
Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku in his response reiterated that all forms of charges and levies have since been outlawed in public schools in the state by Governor Nyesom Wike and as such, collections by any principal is unauthorised, illegal and criminal.
He said, “It has come to the notice of the State Ministry of Education that some Principals in public schools in the state are allegedly compelling SSS 3 and JSS 3 students to pay some form of levy, fees, or charges for the forthcoming WASSCE or BECE or other purposes.
“Parents and Students should please resist such payments and immediately report any such demands to the Ministry of Education via WhatsApp or text message or call to this number: 07030967868.”
The commissioner warned that immediate disciplinary actions will be taken against any erring principals.