Mixed reactions, according to reports, have continued to trail the sudden introduction of N3,700 levy by the Ogun State Government for pupils in the government-owned secondary schools in the state.
The state government had in acircular dated August 27, 2019, ordered parents and guardians of students of secondary schools and technical colleges in the state to pay a compulsory levy of N3,700 on resumption for the 2019/2010 academic session.
According to the President of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Akeem Lasisi, in an interview with newsmen, ‘there is nothing wrong in the introduction of the levy’.
“I see no reason why parents, guardians and other major stakeholders in the education sector in Ogun state should not be included in the developmental growth of our children. There is nothing bad in the introduction of the PTA support levy in government-owned secondary schools.
“We cannot categorise the payment of N3,700 as school fees. If you look at the circular critically, you will observe that it is only the PTA levy, which is N500, and a Computer levy of N600 that will be paid per term. Others will be paid per session.
“It is wrong to say pupils in government-owned secondary schools have been directed to pay N3,700 per term. It was the PTA, and other major stakeholders, including ASSUS that requested the introduction of this fee,” he stated.
However, parents who spoke with newsmen disagreed with ASSUS and the Ogun State Government over the N3,700 levy.