The new Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday ordered the immediate scrapping of payment of development levy in all public secondary and primary schools across the state.Students and pupils pay N1,000 and N500 respectively as development levy per term under the administration of former Governor Ayo Fayose.
The policy generated controversies from individuals and groups that led to a legal action being instituted by the Catholic Mission in the state against Fayose.The mission dragged Fayose to court, describing the policy as unkind and wicked on the part of school children and their poor parents.
The former governor had consistently defended the policy, saying it was part of measures designed to shore-up the state’s dwindling monthly revenue.
Fayose had in 2015 introduced payment of the development levy, which many tagged education tax, in all private and public schools.
But Fayemi on Wednesday at a “Thank You” visit to Ido Ekiti, Headquarters of Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state, said his government cannot afford to continue with anti-people policies of the past administration.According to him, education will henceforth be free in all public primary and secondary schools across the state.