School Heads in public schools in the state have been warned to stop the collection of unauthorized levies from students in their schools.
The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Chief Patrick Ukah gave the warning when he played host to the executives of the Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) Delta State Wing in his office.
Chief Ukah said he needed to sound the warning to the principals because no excuse would be tenable if anyone of them was caught in the act and advised them not to be tempted in the collection of unauthorized levies as schools were about to resume for the 2019/2020 academic session as severe punishment would be melted out to anyone found guilty.
The Commissioner said the issue of illegal collection of unauthorized levies by school heads had become a source of concern to the ministry and as such steps were being put in place to curb this ugly incidence, while stating that school heads in public schools should adhere strictly to the guidelines for approved levies as contained in the circular letter issued by the ministry.
He promised to liaise with corporate bodies and individuals in the various communities where public schools are located to involve them in developing schools in their location of operations as part of their social corporate responsibility to their host community which aligns with the state government’s policy of ‘Support a School Programme’.
Chief Ukah urged the ANCOPPS leadership to communicate with their members with the view to fashioning out means of curbing social vices in their schools as it was part of their responsibility as school heads to ensure that the future of the children in their care was protected and secured.
He stated that as teachers they should put on the cloak of love towards their students as it had a way of motivating them positively.
The Commissioner promised to partner with ANCOPPS to ensure that the education sector of the state is brought to enviable heights.
Earlier in his address,the President of the state wing of ANCOPPS Comrade Brisibe Ebipade said the courtesy visit was to felicitate with the Commissioner on his appointment and pledged the loyalty of ANCOPPS so the aims and objectives of the ministry is achieved.