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Ekiti Secondary School Students To Pay N1,000, Pry School N500 As Education Development Levy

By Lere Olayinka
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As part of the decisions arrived at during the recently held Education Summit in Ekiti State, students of public secondary schools are now to contribute a token of N1, 000 per term towards educational developmen in the State while a sum of N500 proposed for primary school is yet to be approved by the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Jide Egunjobi, who made this known in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti today, said all stakeholders in the education sector, including parents and teachers consented to the introduction of the Education Development Levy.

He said; “Before now, secondary school students were paying N100 as

PTA levy, N300 for Extra Lesson and N600 as Examination Fee while

primary school students were paying N100 as PTA levy, N300 for Extra

Lesson and N200 as Examination fee, making N600 per term.”

Apart from the Educational Development Levy (EDL) of N1,000, Secondary

school students will pay N500 as Parents Teachers Association (PTA)

levy, N600 for Examination, N300 for Extra Lesson, making N2, 400 per

term while it is proposed that Primary school students will pay N100

as PTA levy, N100 for Extra Lesson, N100 for Examination, making a

total of N800 per term.
There are 178,263 students in the 879 public primary schools; 48,960

in Junior Secondary Schools and 55,677 in Senior Secondary Schools in

Ekiti State, making a total of 282,900.
The Commissioner for Education, who said the levies were not new in

the State, added that; “Students of public schools in Ekiti were

paying PTA, Examination and Extra Lesson levies before Governor Fayose

assumed office.”
He reiterated the government commitment to the restoration of the

State’s lost glory in the education sector, saying; “Ekiti State

recorded 36.5 percent performance in WAEC this year as against 25

percent last year and that only happened because strict measures were

introduced and teachers were greatly motivated and encouraged.

“It should be recalled that in 2003 when Governor Fayose assumed

office then, Ekiti State was number 35 in WAEC and by the time he left

office in 2006, the State was number eight. That feat can still be

recorded and we are working assiduously towards returning the State’s

lost glory.”