By Usman Shuaibu
Some residents in Gwagalada Area Council and its environs have accused the managements of the Secondary Education Commission (SEC) as well as the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of increment in the tuition fees in both junior and senior secondary schools in the territory.
The residents, who made the accusation in an interview with Peoples Daily yesterday in Gwagwalada, also accused the FCT Minister Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello of failing to control the increased tuition fees in the FCT schools.
Mr. Yahaya Shuaibu, a resident alleged that some officials from the SEC as well as the UBEB conspired with the principals to increase the school fees in order to give the returns to their directors.
Mr. David Kelvin, another resident, lamented that the principals of both junior and senior secondary schools have been increasing the school fees without considering the less privileged ones in our societies.
Kelvin expressed fear that if the principals continue to increase the school fees every year, some parents will find it tough to send their wards to schools.
The inhabitants also expressed worries over the increment of school fees in the primary schools across the six area councils in the territory.
A politician who spoke on condition of anonymity, lambasted the UBEB director, Dr Adamu Jatau Noma of non-challant attitude towards the increment of school fees by the principals.
His words: “Dr Adamu Jatau Noma is an indigene of the FCT. So he should endeavour to stop the principals from extorting money unnecessarily from the parents”.