All state-run public schools no longer require students to pay fees or other levies, according to Anambra State Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
According to Soludo, the elimination affects students in preschool, elementary, and junior high schools.
On Thursday, he visited Ado Girls Secondary School in Onitsha and Premier Primary School, Obosi in the Idemili North Local Government Area.
The governor issued a warning, stating that no teacher may ask students in government schools for money under any pretence, and that anyone found doing so will face consequences.
Despite retaining tuition-free schools, Anambra has imposed significant fees on parents.
While speaking, Governor Soludo said: “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.
“The constitution of Nigeria requires the government in Nigeria to, as soon as it is practicable, offer free primary or secondary education.
“Among the four categories of schools in the state, government-run public schools are the least in terms of infrastructure and otherwise, but with this announcement, my administration will begin a massive revolution to bring out public education as a model in the education sector.
“The government will be investing and rebuilding infrastructure in the schools in the coming weeks and months. We will roll-out the full government agenda for the education sector in the coming days.
“This administration will begin to use education as an opportunity equaliser. Education is not just the future, but the present. The big agenda is to mainstream education as the foundation,” Soludo explained.
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