FG bans PTA,devt levies in unity schools

TMinister-of-Education-Mallam-Adamu-Adamuhe Federal Govern­ment has banned the collection of develop­ment levies by the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in the Federal Government Colleges (unity schools) across the country.
According to a state­ment made available to the newsmen on tuesday evening and signed by the spokesman of the Minis­try of Education, Mr Ben Goog, the ban which was announced by the Minister of Education, Malam Ad­amu Adamu, is with imme­diate effect.
“No Parent Teachers As­sociation (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,” parts of the statement read.
The new measures, ac­cording to the minister 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.
Citing examples of PTA collections which have be­come higher than school fees charged by Govern­ment, the minister men­tioned Kings College, La­gos, and Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba where the fees charged by government for JSS1 in the first term is N69, 400, while the PTA collections stand at N70,000 and N74,000 re­spectively per child for the same first term.
While acknowledging the complementary roles played by parents and the support provided by the PTA to the Colleges, the Education minister said he would 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.
On the realignment of charges payable in the unity schools, the minister said there has been no increase in school fees, rather, exist­ing discriminatory charges have now been realigned into a uniform school fees across the unity schools, maintaining that most par­ents will now pay lower than what they had been subject­ed to in the past.
The realigned fees ac­cording to him now stand at N83,000 across all unity col­leges in the country for new intakes, and a recommend­ed maximum of N5,000 PTA levy.
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