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EDO ABOLISHES INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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Edo State Government has abolished the payment of infrastructural levy by pupils of private schools in the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Ngozi Osarenren, who briefed newsmen shortly after the Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, said, it was decided that the levy be abolished after reviewing extensively the decision taken in 2003.

According to her, it was a decision taken by the EXCO in 2003 that public and private schools in the state pay infrastructural levy.

She said , 'government has decided that we do not think it is proper to ask private schools to pay the Infrastructural levy of N1,500 per pupil annually.'

She noted that the decision became necessary because after paying school fees that were quite high, it was improper for the government to demand the levy from the private schools. She assured that the Ministry of Education would ensure the availability of adequate infrastructure in public schools.

The commissioner appealed to all private school owners not to pay the levy to anyone under any guise insisting that the levy is no longer tenable.

She, however, said that the oversight function of the Ministry of Education as the regulatory body of the Education sector was still in place.