Four principals of secondary schools in Anambra State have been suspended by the state Ministry of Education for allegedly defying Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s new policy on education, which abolished levies in primary and junior secondary schools in the state.
The suspended principals are from Washington Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Kenneth Dike Secondary School, Awka, New Era Secondary School, Onitsha, and Prince Memorial High School, Onitsha.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, announced the sanctions and also constituted a committee to investigate the activities of these principals. If found guilty, they will be required to refund the amounts they collected.
Governor Soludo’s “Solution Free Education” policy aims to provide free education from early childhood development up to Junior Secondary School (JSS 3) without any fees. In the senior secondary, students are limited to paying a maximum of N5,000 for running costs, and this money is not to be paid into government coffers.
Despite these announcements, the suspended principals allegedly continued to charge fees, leading to their suspension. The investigation will determine whether they indeed violated the policy.