The video of 7-year-old Success Adebor, a primary three pupil of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1, Sapele, in the Sapele Local Government Area of the state, had gone viral after she was allegedly sent home by the head teacher of the school.
As many people including celebrities volunteered,comedian, Ayo Makun, aka AY, and Instagram sensation, Mr Jollof, has said she preferred to be flogged to being sent out of school.to pay her school fees and even give her a full scholarship, other Nigerians knocked the school authorities for resorting to sending students away whenever their parents fail to pay their fees.
The state government has reacted to the video. In an interview with Punch, the state Commissioner for Education, Chiedu Ebie, noted that the state government operated a free education policy and it was illegal for the school authority to demand examination levy or any other unauthorised levies from pupils. He added that an investigation has commenced into the matter and that he will be visiting the school later today.
He claimed that many school heads had been demoted or suspended for imposing unauthorised levies on pupils, explaining that the only authorised levies in the state public school were for consumables and sports wears.
The commissioner, who frowned on the action of the school, said the ministry of education had commenced investigation into the matter and vowed to ensure that anyone found culpable in the illegal levy saga would be sanctioned in line with civil service rules.
Once again, this is another case of a school head taking the laws into her hands and imposing levies that ought not to be imposed on the pupils. We have what we referred to as ‘approved levy’ in our schools. It is issued by the ministry (of education). The approved levy is N100 for consumables and no school head has the right to collect above N100.
Also, for sports wears because of inter-house sports and other sporting activities, we have a flat rate of N750. It’s clearly specified and clearly defined. In this case, I understand that it was exam levy of N800 and a levy for a book of N1,000 and another one for N300.
Let’s give her the opportunity to hear from her. The video has been trending for the last two days and she must be aware of it. If I am not convinced or satisfied with her response, then judgement or punishment will be meted out to anyone caught culpable pending the conclusion of a more detailed investigation in line with civil service rules.”