The Delta state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has reiterated that the state government has no intention to reintroduce payment of school fees for the 2015/2016 academic session in both primary and secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner, who made the clarification at media briefing on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Asaba, said the rumour making the rounds is untrue, totally false and baseless.
He insisted that as a responsive and responsible government that is determined to serve Deltans, the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has not discussed or contemplated the re-introduction of tuition, adding that the state Ministry of Education has modalities for checking and ensuring compliance to government’s tuition and levy-free education policy in Delta state public schools.
According to him, “One of the key areas of focus of this administration is education and in doing so, our sole mission, is the gradual and steady recovery of the standard of education within the state, which is in line with the SMART agenda of the government.
“Some of the policies of the previous administration such as the payment of WAEC fees are being continued”, he affirmed.
Ebie also stated that the Ministry of Education will ensure uniformity in the curriculum used in both public and private schools at the pre-primary, lower basic, middle basis and post basic levels across the state.
The education Commissioner however disclosed that plans are underway to convene an Education Summit of all stakeholders in the state to discuss pertinent issues, determine the way forward and arrive at a sustainable solution
He said that due to the steady decline in the revenue accruing to the state, to over 60 percent, government is poised to partner with the private sector and donor agencies for support in attaining set objectives through its public, private partnership (PPP) initiative.
Delta state currently has approximately 25, 000 teachers in both primary and secondary schools; 230, 000 pupils and 213, 000 students in 1, 293 primary schools and 432 secondary schools.
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