Contrary to speculations in some quarters, Akwa Ibom State Government says it does not receive and has not indicated any interest to receive money from pupils and students or their parents as school fees.
However, the government says it is not be opposed to where parents, groups or communities who in response to the clarion call for contributory development of Education in the state, choose to support schools.
Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong stated this in Uyo, explaining that government is still fully committed to the sustenance of the free and compulsory education policy currently in force.
In a release made available to society news, Comrade Ememobong emphasized that the ten year educational development plan proposed by the Education Think tank is being vigorously pursued by the Government.
He said the entire education machinery of Government under the Ministry of Education and boards have been reinvigorated to deliver on the targets set by the proposal.
The commissioner urged all citizens to continue to support the Government’s drive to ensure qualitative education at all levels while Parents, guardians, responsible companies and community leaders are encouraged to contribute and participate in the development of education in the state.
The release states further that in line with the declaration of a State of emergency in the Education sector by Governor Udom Emmanuel, the entire ministerial jobs for the year 2021 has been allocated to the education sector.
It adds that currently, there are more than 300 projects ongoing in different schools across the Local Government Areas in furtherance of the emergency declaration of the state Government.