James Sowole in Akure
The Ondo State Government on Thursday announced that every adult in the state would have to pay N1,000 education levy towards funding education in the state.
Also, parents would from next year be responsible for payment of the West African School Certificate (WASC) examination fee for their children from next year.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Femi Agagu, disclosed the decision of the government while briefing journalists on the outcome of the state executive council meeting.
Agagu, who was flanked by his counterpart in the Ministry of Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, said that the government has resolved to continue with the age-long policy of free for pupils in primary schools and students of public secondary schools.
Agagu said the state executive council took the decision after a careful deliberation on recommendations that emanated from the education summit held in October.
“The executive accepted the recommendations of the education summit committee but adjusted the second article.
It means that what we have on ground now that is free education at primary and secondary schools will not be tampered with.’
The commissioner also explained that an Education Trust Fund was underway to mobilise resources for the funding of education.
“An Education Trust Fund is to be put in place to ease the funding of the sector. Trustees of the fund would be drawn from eminent sons and daughters of the state.
“Every adult in the state will be encouraged to contribute into the education levy, which will be administered by the Education Trust Fund.”