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Access to Quality Education: Governor Wike abolishes fees and levies for public primary and secondary schools 

In a bid to create access to quality education,  Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced  the total abolition of all forms of fees and levies  in public primary and secondary schools across the state.
 Governor Wike directed State-Owned Primary and Secondary Schools  to stop collecting fees and levies from students  and pupils  with immediate effect.
Governor Wike stated that henceforth  the State Government will be sending direct allocations  to all primary  and secondary schools management  for their  operations.
He spoke on Monday during a meeting with the heads of primary and secondary schools, Rivers  State Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House Port Harcourt.
He said: “From today henceforth,  no child either in primary and  secondary schools should  pay fees and levies in any school  across the State.
“The monies you collect from these children  are just used for your personal purposes.  If I hear that any school  head collects any fees or levies, be they examination , NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned.
“We shall  not only dismiss  the school head who collects fees or levies,  we will prosecute  the person  involved.
“Government  will work out grants  that will be sent to the schools  for their regular management and operations “.
Governor Wike directed the State Ministry of Education,  the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board and the State Universal Basic Education Board to monitor all public schools  across the state to ensure compliance.
The Governor noted that the administration  funds the salaries,  allowances, examinations  and equipment  of all public  schools. He assured  parents that his administration will remain  committed  to the provision  of quality  education,  which is accessible to the less privileged.
“I have abolished  all fees and levies and it will never happen  again in our public primary and Secondary schools. Nobody should collect fees and levies from the  children of  the less privileged “, he said.
The school heads celebrated  the new directive of the Rivers State Governor.
Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,  Electronic Media.
25th June, 2019.
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing  a meeting with the heads of primary and secondary schools, Rivers  State Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday 
L-R: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo,  Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,  Secretary to the State Government,  Dr Tammy Danagogo and Head of Service,  Rufus Godwins on Monday during a meeting between  the Governor  and the heads of primary and secondary schools, Rivers  State Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House Port Harcourt. 
L-R: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo,  Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,  Secretary to the State Government,  Dr Tammy Danagogo and Head of Service,  Rufus Godwins on Monday during a meeting between  the Governor  and the heads of primary and secondary schools, Rivers  State Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House Port Harcourt. 
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