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Parents, Teachers Lament Poor School Infrastructure

Parents, Teachers Lament Poor School Infrastructure

Parents, Teachers Lament Poor School Infrastructure

Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) of Epe Local Government Nursery and Primary School has lamented the neglect of infrastructure development of the school by the local government.

Mr. Martins Adeniyi, the Public Relations Officer of the PTA, said this in a statement made available in Lagos.

It said that despite the deplorable condition of the school, the council authority was planning to increase the school fees from the N2,000 per session to N5,000.

"The school which has a population of 369 pupils, lacks modern classrooms, electricity supply, potable water, toilets and conducive learning environment.

"All the revenues collected by the Epe Local Government on school fees could not be justified and accounted for when the PTA called for statement of the school's account," the statement alleged.

"The revenue generated from the school per session is within the range of N1,107,000 which the PTA demanded for the records but the council authority refused to put the records straight."

The statement said that the PTA had appealed to the management of the council to rehabilitate the school before embarking on any increase in fees but the management did not do this.

"We have been threatened to either comply and pay the current fees of N5,000 per child or withdraw our children from the school.

"We hereby call on the state government to rescue the indigent parents and their children from the council's imposed school fees."

Mr. Abiodun Ajoro, the Special Adviser to the Council Chairman on Education told NAN on telephone that the proposed increase in school fees was meant to facilitate the renovation of the school.

"We held a meeting with the PTA where we were given two weeks to fast-track the rehabilitation of the school, while we gave them the option of the amount they would pay as new school fees.

"We are proposing to increase the fees next term; we are not planning to increase this term but next term.

"We just want to add N2,000 to the school fees. The total package will be N4,000 a term per child."

Ajoro explained that the council had earmarked some funds for infrastructure development of the school before resumption next term.

The executive aide disclosed further that the council was also planning to build new classrooms before the resumption of the pupils next term.

"I don't promise what we will not be able to fulfil. We are also thinking of giving the children an enabling learning environment."

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