The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has warned principals of Unity Colleges to adhere strictly to the directive on collection of only authorised school fees.
The minister said that any principal who violated the directive would be sacked. The warning is contained in a statement by the Deputy Director, Press, of the ministry, Mr. Ben Goong, issued in Abuja on Tuesday. Adamu gave the warning following media reports that some principals of Federal Government-owned schools and the Unity Colleges were collecting fees well over the amount stipulated by the ministry.
He directed that all authorised cost items, including boarding fees must be communicated to parents in writing and copied to the ministry before any payment could be demanded. According to the minister, any principal who does otherwise will have his or herself to blame.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the authorised school fees for Unity Colleges for the 2016/2017 academic year has been placed on the ministry’s website- www.education.gov.ng.”
“Any school principal who collects or has collected a penny outside the authorised fees as clearly stated must refund same to affected parents or guardians immediately.’’
Adamu also advised parents whose wards were in unity colleges to report any infraction on the directive to the Federal Ministry of Education for appropriate sanction.