Ondo State government has warned school principals in the state not to collect more than the N10,000 stipulated fees on pupils as resumption draws closer.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education in Ondo State, Lola Amuda gave the warning when Akure Elites Club paid her a courtesy call in her office in Akure.
She said that the warning became imperative against the spate of extortion by school principals in the state.
She said: “The ministry has received several petitions from parents and guardians across the state on how some school principals do impose unauthorized fees on students seeking admission into government schools.
“The ministry has received more than enough petitions from parents on the attitudes of school principals and we have determined to deal decisively with anyone caught in bringing the name of the government into the mud.
“Government is preparing to put all machineries in motion to arrest and prosecute anyone or group of principals involve in the evil act, who never consider the hardship parents are facing and as well trying to sabotage the efforts of the governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.”
While responding, the President of the Association, Comrade Shina Adelusi appreciated the efforts of the government and the ministry for the gestures in making life bearable for the citizens.
He said that the people of the state will be happy if school principals could be curtailed.
Meanwhile, No fewer than 4,608 fresh NCE and degree students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo have been matriculated in the 2020/2021 academic session.
The matriculation ceremony was held on a low key in the institution on Thursday.
The students were drawn from across seven faculties with 1,411 students for NCE Programme and 3,197 students for Degree programme.
While speaking at the event, the Provost of the institution, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, admonished the new students to focus on their studies and shun any act that could put them in detriment.
Akintunde admonished the students to help themselves by taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the provost, “The matriculating students should recognize the full worth of the privilege of getting admissions into this great citadel of learning, the foremost teacher training institution in Nigeria. You should rejoice that out of the numerous candidates who jostled for the limited admission spaces that we have, you are found worthy of being admitted.
“Be informed that your matriculation oath is a legal bond between you and this College. You have just signed an agreement with the College to be under the rules and regulations guiding your studentship. It is important that you imprint it in your mind that you are liable to receive appropriate sanctions for any act of yours found to be antithetical to the oath you have taken.”