By Bola Kougbe
Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, Tuesday, denied reports of reintroducing school fees in public primary and secondary schools in the state.
He said his administration was still operating the free education policy. He added that qualitative and functional education must not be neglected by any responsible government.
Titi Laoye-Tomori, Deputy Governor of the state, explained that the state government only introduced a maintenance levy to be paid by parents and guardians of the students. She said it was to ensure that all the newly-built schools in the state are properly maintained.
“We did not ask any of our pupils or students to pay tuition fees, as being speculated around the state.
“We have only directed that all the pupils in the Elementary Schools should pay N2000 in three tranches per annum.
“This is not school fees but rather a maintenance levy because it is only introduced to pupils and students of our new schools, not those in the old schools”, She said.