Stakeholders To Akeredolu; Increasing School Fees Won’t Work In Ondo

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Stakeholders in the Education sector at the just concluded education summit organized by the ondo state government have warned governor Rotimi Akeredolu against any intention or move to increase students' school fees in state owned schools.

Akeredolu had earlier said on thursday, that if agreed by stakeholders, his administration might have to discontinue the free education policy for pupils in the state and consider an upward review of students' school fees.

The stakeholders in their submission on the second day of the two-day summit has however spoken against any move by the state government in ondo state to make access to education more costly. One of them who spoke at the event, Professor Michael Faborode, a former vice chancellor in Obafemi Awolowo University advised the governor to work towards meeting the 26% UNESCO recommendation in Education funding. Instead of thinking about school fees increment
He said;

"Only a governor that does not know the pros and cons of Education will attempt to increase school fees"

Also corroborating the Professor at the event, the NUT representative said any move to increase the cost of education or return Public schools to missionaries will plunge the state into a serious crisis.

A former student leader, Comrade Ayo Toluwalase Shadrach, who also spoke with after the event, opined that the government should look towards reducing the cost of education at the tertiary level, in view of the present economic realities in the state, instead of thinking of increasing cost.

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