By Nnaemeka Egwuonwu
ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Education, Ngozi Chuma-Udeh has dismissed as untrue, the allegation that the Government of Anambra State is collecting tax of N300 from school children in Anambra State.
In a statement, Commissioner Chuma-Udeh said that in order to ameliorate hardship in the state, government has reduced fees payable in schools from what it used to be.
Prof. Chuma-Udeh advised parents to report to her immediately any case of extortion of school children.
In another development, Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo has expressed appreciation to the Church for embracing the wonderful partnership that has brought about phenomenal changes in schools.
Speaking at 60th anniversary celebration of Mater Amabilis Girls Secondary School, Umuoji, on Sunday, Prof. Soludo, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh commended the Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese for his passion for education, which has resulted to the upgrade of facilities in schools handed over to the Onitsha Archdiocese.
The governor, who also congratulated the Old Girls of the school for contributing to the development of their alma mater, stated that the state government would do everything within her reach to support infrastructural development in the school.
In a homily, the Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke stated that the return of schools to their original owners has resulted to the regaining of schools’ lost glory.
Archbishop Okeke appreciated the Government of Anambra State for realising the need to return the schools to the church, saying that the state has been better for it, excelling in national and international competitions
Archbishop Okeke reminded Christians of the day of resurrection and essence of gratitude, admonishing them to secure place in eternity through good life on earth. He charged well-meaning individuals to avoid ostentatious lifestyle, but to contribute towards the upgrade of school facilities.
He tasked families and school children on culture of excellence through dreaming admirably, turning them into practicable short goals, finding out their strengths and excelling in them. He also charged them to dedicate enough time to planning and seek assistance of others, as well as make discipline, perseverance and prayers their watchwords.