By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Investigation revealed that public schools’ headmasters and headmistresses in the state, had in the last two weeks been burdened by parents/ guardians who frowned at the N17,000 as unacceptable and on the high side for them, considering difficult times they were currently being faced with.
It was gathered that Private Schools’ owners in the state had last week met and reviewed the N17,000 allegedly approved by the state government, saying that with difficult times at Present, they resolved to enroll students for the common entrance examinations for N6,000 per Student.
One of the Private Schools’ owners, Michael Nnan who spoke to our correspondent in Asaba Said: “We have agreed to enroll students for the common entrance examinations for N6,000 for each, It is unfair for the state government to approve N17,000 for common entrance examinations, some parents/guardians are very poor, and cannot afford the money, the approved official cost for common entrance examinations enrollment is N17,000 why is government asking for N17,000? ”
A Parent, Mrs Stella Osama who spoke to this correspondent described the allegedly approved N17,000 by the state government as unfortunate, and wicked, especially with the propaganda that the state government was committed to providing quality education to the people, adding that many of the Parents/Guardians cannot afford three square meals and also cannot afford the N17,000.
She said” We appealing to the state government to have a rethink and reduce the N17,000 to N6,000 which is the official cost for the parents/guardians to Pay and enroll their Children/ Wards, For Instance, I have three children who will be writing the common entrance examinations, So if I Pay N17,000 for three children, I can’t feed again, I am a widow, I don’t have a helper apart from God, We are calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to review the N17,000 for the sake of the Poor Parents to afford”.
While the N17,000 has continued to generate serious concern in the state, a group Known as Concerned Deltans has threatened to drag the state government to Court if by next week N17,000 is not reduced.
A statement issued and signed by the group President, Chief Chiedu Nnamdi described the state government’s decision as rash and unreasonable, adding that the enrollment process especially the N17,000 difficult for the poor parents/guardians who are still grappling with poor economic.
A copy of the statement made available to this correspondent, reads:” We are Concerned Deltans cannot afford to fold our hands and watch the state government wreaks more pains in our lives, by next week if the state government failed to reduce the amount, we will go to Court on behalf of the People”.
But the state commissioner for basic and secondary education, Chiedu Ebie who confirmed that the state government was working on the review of the N17,000 to Journalists, however appealed for calm among Parents/Guardians as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to providing quality education to Deltans, adding that” there is already a process of reviewing the N17 000 and very soon there will be peaceful development”.