Principals, School Proprietors, Protest 12,000 Naira Govt. Security Seminar Fee

Principals, secondary school teachers and proprietors of private Secondary Schools in Ondo state have protested the directive of the state government asking them to pay a sum of 12,000 naira per school as compulsory fee for a proposed seminar on security.

The proposed security workshop is being organised by the Public Service Training Institute, PSTI, while a circular was issued to that effect by the Ministry of Education.

In the circular, the ministry directed that every secondary school both public and private in the state should provide a principal and two teachers and pay a sum of 4,000 naira each for the selected participants.

The principals, teachers and private schools proprietors however described the directive as strange and unacceptable, considering various financial challenges facing many public schools occasioned by lack of running grants.

In separate letters, addressed to the Head of Service, the Ondo State chairman, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Nigeria, ASUSS, Comrade Balogun Tajudeen and the President of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Public Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, Mr. Johnbull Mebawondu urged the state government to reverse its directive and make the seminar free in the interest of all stakeholders. 

In an interview with Radio Nigeria, the Head of Service in the state, Mr. John Adeyemo, said efforts were ongoing towards ensuring that schools reduce the number of participants.

Mr. Adeyemo also debunked the allegation that the seminar was meant to enriching some people in government.

Kayode Animasaun

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