While you all are burning data over the CJN vs FGN saga, displaying crass ignorance in the process, instead of allowing the law to take its course, a matter of great injustice is being perpetrated right under our nose in Oyo State.
I mean the Ajimobi government has been whipping our people with scorpions.
Our people have been groaning under the debilitating weight of school levies of all kinds.
Many people have been under the impression that the State Government only charges a N1000 per term levy.
But no, there are all manner of levies which has pushed many pupils out of school.
According to the United Nation’s Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI, 2015), Oyo State has a poverty rate of 29.4%.
That makes us the 17th state and the poorest in the Southwest region lagging far behind:
Lagos at Number 1
Osun at Number 2
Ekiti at Number 4
Ogun at Number 12 and
Ondo at Number 14.
This will increase the number of out-of-school children of course.
In Oyo State, for your child or ward to be admitted into JS1, you need to pay the following:
Uniform 1.800.00 Cash.
Parents forum 1800.00
Lesson 2,000.00 per term.
Desk and Chair 3,500.00 per student.
School Levy 1,320.00
Each parent is given these instructions:
1. JSS 1 entrance to Government Secondary schools In Oyo State.
Account Number: 1790081186.
Account Name: OYSG.
Choose one of these banks. WEMA, First Bank, Union Bank or Skye Bank.
Take Teller to Oyo State Government Internal Revenue Dept to collect receipt.
2. Ajimobi Levy. Education Development Levy. FCMB. Account No. 4400059010.
You get No Receipt.
Just take teller to your school of admission.
An important social service like education is thus criminally commercialized in Oyo State.
I say criminally, bcos constitutionally, education is supposed to be free at this level. The Child Rights policy of our country, which was enacted into law in 2006, makes education and care of a child from neonate to the first 9 years in school the exclusive responsibility of government. That is from Primary One to JSS Three!
Our people must not only vote against the continuity of this oppressive government, they must vote against the head of this regime of oppression in the Senatorial election where he is likely to continue initiating and supporting further anti-people policies.
What a peculiar mess!
Kehinde Ayoola J P