The viral video of Miss Success of Okotie Eboh Primary School, Sapele in Delta state has opened many ills in public schools with head teachers/principals making brisk money of illegal levies. Many are sent home, if their parents are unable to pay such levies.
The case of Success of Okotie Ebo Primary School is reflection of the public primary and secondary schools in Delta state and the state government cannot claim ignorance of the illegal levies collection across the schools in the state.
Many children are now out of school, even though the government has made it mandatory for primary/secondary schools to be tuition fees free.
There are cases where head teachers/ principal demand chair and writing desk levie from fresh admitted students in public schools. These are schools where state government has provided infrastructure at the expense of tax payers money.
We commend the quick reaction of Delta state government over the viral video where Miss Success of Okotie Eboh Primary School, Sapele was unjustly sent home over illegal collection by the school and her angry reaction attracted outrage which had brought her a breakthrough with good spirited persons and NGOs volunteered to foot Success school fees till her graduation.
The Delta state government through the ministry of education immediately carried out investigation and fired the head teacher of Okotie Eboh primary school Sapele for illegal levy collection.
We thank the Delta state government for taking the right decision at the right time. But we want to appeal to the government pass a fresh circular to all public primary and secondary schools the danger of illegal levies on their pupils as defaulters will be shown the way out.
We congratulate little Success for her boldness to confront injustice in the society. Her little action has put many on their toes, including Chiedu Ebie Hon. commissioner Basic & Secondary education and Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as well as the entire public schools in the state as it shows the wrath in public educational system.