By Aishat Salihu
The free education policy declared by Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has been ignored by some school principals in the state as new students are made to pay N22,795 as tuition fees.
Recall that the governor, while marking his 100 days in office, reiterated that his administration had declared free education to include tuition, books, feeding, among other provisions.
However, it was gathered that admission forms issued to new intakes of Premier Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Yola, indicated varied sums of money totalling N22,795 payable both in cash at the school and into bank accounts.
Speaking on the fees, the principal of the junior section of GGSS Yola, Margaret James, said, “We gave out a few admission letters, but we instructed them not to rush and pay.
“That is because we are still awaiting final directives on whether to charge fees or not. Since it is common knowledge that the governor has declared free education,” she added.
In reaction to the issued admission letters, the Executive Secretary of the Post-Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB), Maryam Umar, said, “No principal was permitted to issue out admission letters in the first place.
“Two weeks ago, the principals met with the governor to deliberate on the modalities of a smooth take-off of the free education; and a committee was set up to work that out. As we speak, the committee is yet to report back.”
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Aishatu Abubakar Umar, agreed with the PPSMB secretary, saying, “We have summoned the principals involved in the issuance of admission forms to tell us why”.