By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
Governor Chukwuma Soludo has stepped down four schools’ Principals for non compliance to the Solution Free Education policy of Anambra State Government.
The Principals of Washington Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Nkem Nkechi; Kenneth Dike Secondary School, Awka, Onwurah Catherine; New Era Secondary School, Onitsha, Dr. Cordelia Okonkwo; and Amaka Ubaka of Prince Memorial High School, Onitsha were alleged to have acted in contravention of the Solution policy on Free Education in the State.
The stepping down of the Principals was announced by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh. The Education Commissioner, Prof. Chuma-Udeh stated that a committee has been constituted to investigate the activities of the affected principals. She further stated that if found culpable, the Principals would be made to refund the amount collected.
It is surprising that after a series of announcements on the Solution Free Education policy by Mr. Governor, the Principals could still be alleged to have flouted the policy.
It would be recalled that Governor Soludo had during his visits to Premier Primary School, Odume, Obosi and Ado Girls Secondary School, Onitsha, announced that in line with the Solution Free Education policy, no child from Early Childhood Education and Development up to Junior Secondary School (JSS 3), is required to pay any fee whatsoever, while no student in the Senior Secondary should pay anything more than N5,000) Five Thousand Naira only.
The policy was further amplified by Mr. Governor in a meeting he had with Principals and Head teachers at the International Conference Center, Awka on Saturday 23rd September, 2023.
Photo: Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the executive Governor of Anambra State addressing the students of Ado Girls Secondary School, Onitsha during his visit to the school recently.
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