Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has signed an executive order to ban the various fees being collected by heads of public schools in the state.
The governor, who also approved N200 million as car and housing loans for teachers in public schools, said the loans will be disbursed on or before November 15.
He said the gesture was to boost their morale adding that payment of arrears of salaries owed by the last administration will commence any moment from now.
Speaking after signing the executive order at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Fayemi said it also provides for free and compulsory education in government owned primary and secondary schools.
The executive order, according to him, makes provisions for stiffer sanctions and penalties for school principals and head teachers extorting pupils and students through illegal fees.
Fayemi explained that the action was taken because of reports that school heads were still collecting illegal fees after his pronouncement banning same last Wednesday during his senatorial town hall meetings.
The governor expressed dismay that some principals and headteachers were still extorting students under the pretext of collecting “voluntary donations.”