The Federal Government has banned the collection of development levies by Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) in the 104 unity colleges across the country.
The Federal Ministry of Education announced this in Abuja on Tuesday, saying that the ban which is aimed at alleviating the sufferings of parents, would take effect immediately.
The statement which was signed by the ministry’s deputy director, press, Bem Goong, read:
“No PTA of any unity college is allowed to initiate any development project in any of the unity colleges without the express or written authorisation of the Federal Ministry of Education.
“The new measures are aimed at arresting the shocking trend where development levies imposed on parents by PTAs are becoming higher than the school fees charged by government which established the unity schools.”
While acknowledging the complementary roles played by parents and the support provided by the PTA to the Colleges, the Ministry of Education said it would not allow the PTAs to constitute themselves into a Government within a Government at the level of Unity schools and at the expense of parents, citing examples of PTA collections which have become higher than school fees charged by Government.
The ministry also noted that in Kings College Lagos, and Federal Science and Technical College Yaba, for example, the fees charged by Government for JSS1 in the first term is N69, 400.00, while the PTA collections stand at N70,000.00 and N74,000 respectively per child for the same first term.
This brings the total paid by parents in these two schools to N139,400 and N143,400 respectively. With the reduction on development levies and ban on charges for new projects as well as pegging of the development levy to a maximum of N5,000, parents of JSS1 in these two schools will now pay N88,000.
It also expressed concern over the activities of PTAs in Unity Colleges – which have even formed themselves into National Associations, instead of limiting themselves to the schools where their children attend, thus, describing the existence of an umbrella body over the PTA as unnecessary, exploitative and unacceptable.