Delta State Government has frowned at the continued reported cases of collection of illegal levies in public primary and post primary schools in the state.
Making the stance of government known in Asaba on Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the state government had zero tolerance for illegal levies, stressing that any Principal or School Head caught in the act would be sanctioned.
He advised parents to desist from encouraging the collection of illegal levies by paying such levies, but to instead resist and report erring Principals or School Heads to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.
Chief Ukah warned Principals and School Heads involved in the ignoble act to retrace their steps and turn a new leaf as any of them caught collecting unapproved levies would be dealt with.
The Commissioner listed the approved levies for public primary schools to include school badge for primary one to six N50:00, payable every 3 years, report cards for primary one and transfer pupils N250:00, payable every 6 years, consumables for primary one to six N100:00 per term.
Students of public post primary schools, are to pay N150:00 every session for school badge, N200:00 every three years for students identity card, N200:00 termly for consumables, and SS 1 to SS 3, N300:00 termly for sports/NSSF levy.
All students, including transfer students, are to pay N250:00 termly for customized on line result, while JS 1, SS 1 and transfer students are to pay N150:00 every three years for students file.
Chief Ukah explained that should Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) want to intervene in any school, the decision must be taken during a general meeting of the body where the parents would agree on a particular amount to be paid.
He said the money collected should be paid into the PTA account, whose executive should disburse the funds to meet the needs collectively agreed on.