Parents of Asoro Primary school in Benin City have paid security levy after an initial peaceful protest by some aggrieved parents.
The N500. 00 (Five Hundred Naira) levy per parent/Guardian is to hire security guards in the school located on Sokponba road, Benin City, the State Capital.
The resolution was reached at a well attended Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meeting of the public school near St. Matthew Anglican church, started at 2:30p.m and ended at about 4:pm.
A retired military personnel and Chairman of PTA in the school (name withheld), addressed the parents on Tuesday.
He assured that the N500 levy would assist to check the ‘intolerable level of insecurity in the public school’, which consist of over 300 pupils.
According to him, “since the school authorities stopped contributing money out of their pockets to pay the security guard at the school gate, the safety of our Children in school has become a source of worry to us.
He lamented the challenges being faced by the school management in controlling the pupils when the school gates are unnamed by the gatekeepers.
He further explained that the situation is worse-off at night when hoodlums around the motor park in the area to take shelter in the school and perpetrate evil.
“The other day, we arrested suspected criminal at night and handed him over to police. God has being helping us that we have not recorded any case of a missing child”, he said.
A parent who simply identified herself as Mrs. Omoregie, blamed the Government for failing in her responsibility to
Contacted, Edo State Chairman of Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Joan Oviawe, promised to carryout investigation into the allegation.
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