Parents lament over early school fees demand on resumption

Parents has responded over an early demand of school fees by schools
Ernest Sunday

Parents of students in Lagos State has lamented on the demand of payment of their children's school fees by proprietors just a week after school resumed saying the time-space is too short.

Schools resumed just one week after the government gave a go-ahead order to start school with the condition that schools must adhere to the government's guideline and protocols and including that of the NCDC.

The go-ahead order was as a result of the reported low cases of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria.

Some schools have started demanding school fees payment from parents before their children will be promoted to the next class and have also increased the fees students use to pay.

However, the parents of the students are not happy with the demand and have lamented over the issue. One of the parents of St. Jude’s Private School, Festac said the school asked them to pay N65,000 for a promotional exam to the next class with just two weeks space for the payment.

“My children’s school asked us to pay N65,000 before they would be allowed/promoted to the next class, " he said.

"This is quite uncalled for; they still gave us a two-week ultimatum to pay up their school fees, and the least I am paying for each child is N167,000.00. They are very inconsiderate”.

Another parent who identified himself as Mr Ebun Ogundipe said: " My children school decided that we must continue with the second term examination for this first week. After this week, they will now resume the first term in their new classes next Monday.

"They also insisted that we write an undertaken on when or what amount we would pay the second term fee owed.

Another of the affected parents said that her children's bus fee was increased with the proprietor saying that it is because of the rise in the price of things in the market.

“Even the school bus fee has been increased by N5000 to any designation. When I asked the proprietor, he said fuel price had been increased.

"Prices of snacks, drinks, food, provisions we provide for the children have all been inflated. So, we are just managing,” she said.

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