Abuja - The Ministry of Education has cancelled development and Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) fees in federal government colleges, Daily Trust reports.
A source at the ministry in Abuja said the minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, approved the cancellation following complaints by parents about an increase in school fees from N20 000 to N75 000.
According to the source, all development projects in schools would be done with the approval of the ministry while PTA fees must not exceed N5 000.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, on Tuesday at the launch national education quality assurance handbook for basic ad secondary education in Abuja told newsmen that there was a small increase in boarding fees to enable proper upkeep of boarding facilities and provide top quality meals.
She said the increase was as a result of the economic downturn in the country.
While acknowledging the complementary roles played by parents and the support provided by the PTA to the Colleges, the Education Minister said he would not allow the PTAs to constitute themselves into a Government within a Government at the level of Unity schools and at the expense of parents, according to Thisday.
He stated that government views “with grave concern the activities of PTAs in Unity Colleges – which have even formed themselves into national associations, instead of limiting themselves to the schools where their children attend.
- News 24