In a groundbreaking announcement today, Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has abolished all fees and levies for pupils attending government schools in the state. This landmark decision encompasses students from nursery, primary, and junior secondary schools.
Governor Soludo emphasized the significance of this move during his visit to Premier Primary School in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area, and Ado Girls Secondary School in Onitsha. He sternly warned teachers against demanding any form of payment from students, stating that strict sanctions would be imposed on those found in violation.
Anambra, known for maintaining tuition-free schools, has previously witnessed considerable financial burdens on parents due to various levies. Governor Soludo, while addressing the public, declared, "From today, as I make this pronouncement, no child in Anambra, from nursery to primary, up to junior secondary three, is expected to pay anything."
Highlighting the constitutional mandate for free primary or secondary education, Governor Soludo expressed his commitment to transforming public education in the state. Despite the existing challenges in infrastructure for government-run schools, he announced plans for a comprehensive revitalization effort in the coming weeks and months.
"This administration will begin to use education as an opportunity equalizer. Education is not just the future, but the present. The big agenda is to mainstream education as the foundation," Governor Soludo explained, outlining his vision for education as a cornerstone of societal progress.