by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
It has come to the knowledge of Nasarawa state government that some heads of schools have indulged in collecting stipends from prospective pupils for examinations.
Against this backdrop, government has warned that, Nasarawa State Headmasters/Headmistresses found collecting money in the name of “State Common Entrance” will be seriously sanctioned and penalized.
Chairman of Nasarawa state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Musa Dan-Azumi, gave the warning, while receiving complaints by parents of pupils in Primary Six class.
According to him, “All Nasarawa State Headmasters/Headmistress, who are involved in this activity, are doing this at their own risk, as Board has constituted a committee to investigate this.
“All Education Secretaries are directed to guard against the illegal collections and ensure the refunds of such funds to the affected persons, with immediate effect,” Dan-Azumi stated.
He appealed to parents at all levels to report headmaster or headmistress, who engage in collecting such monies from pupils, to the board.
The SUBEB chairman said that, “It has come to notice that, some Headmasters/Headmistress are collecting money from the hands of parents of pupils in Class 6 primary in almost all our schools in the state.”
While warning those involved in the mischief to desist from such acts or “blame themselves,” the SUBEB chairman described the attitude of some Headmasters/ Headmistresses of public primary schools across the state, who have involved themselves in collecting money from school pupils in the name of ‘Common Entrance Examination charge’ as uncalled for.
According to Alh Dan-Azumi, “Let me categorically state that, there was no time such directive was given nor contemplated at the Board.”
He further explained that, “In line with National Policy on Education (NPE), pupils are to transit from Primary Six (6) to Junior Secondary School without any examination; hence, no entrance fee is required. Collecting money in the name of State Common Entrance will be seriously sanctioned and penalized,” he emphasized.