Ondo Sends Education Levy Bill to Assembly

- In Akure

James Sowole

As part of efforts to raise more funds for education, the Ondo State executive arm has sent a bill to the State House of Assembly that would make it mandatory for every taxable adult to pay N1,000 education levy to the state.

The Commission­er for Education, Mr. Femi Agagu disclosed this while speaking at a stakeholde­rs’ meeting convened to address the conduct of state examinatio­ns conducted recently.

Stakeholde­rs at the meeting comprising, Parent Teacher Associatio­n (PTA), All Nigerian Confederat­ion of Principals of Secondary Schools ( ANCOPSS), Zonal and Area Education Officers, had earlier raised issues on the conduct of state examinatio­ns and suggested solutions to address the lapses.

Agagu’s disclosure was in response to observatio­ns raised on the conduct of the state promotion examinatio­n and placement examinatio­n, particular­ly on the funding of the sector.

He said the introducti­on of the education levy was part of the recommenda­tions of the state education summit held earlier, adding that the bill was sent by the executive to the last assembly, expressing the hope that the current assembly would pass the bill.

On the shortage of teachers in primary and secondary schools in the state, Agagu said posting is already on going, pointing out that the exercise would be done in phases.

He said the exercise would be done in such a way to ensure that specific teachers would be posted to specific places where they are needed.

The commission­er said the government may consider suggestion­s that teachers be recruited from their local government areas to ensure that they reside at their duty posts.

He stated that the four local government areas where teachers don’t like to stay after recruitmen­t are Ilaje, Ese-odo, Ose and Irele.

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