Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday approved N200 million as car and housing loans for teachers in public schools in the state.
The governor disclosed that the loans will be disbursed on or before November 15 adding that payment of arrears of salaries owed by the last administration will commence any moment from now.
He also signed an executive order to stop the payment of education development levy by students of government-owned schools in the state.
Speaking after signing the executive order at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti, Fayemi said it also provides for free and compulsory education in government owned primary and secondary schools.
He explained that the executive order also provides stiffer sanctions and penalties for school principals and head teachers who extort pupils through illegal fees.
Fayemi said he signed the order because after getting reports that school heads were still collecting illegal fees under the guise of “voluntary donations” despite his pronouncement banning same last Wednesday during his senatorial town hall meetings.
The Education Development Levy was introduced by former Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2015. The levy mandates payment of N500 and N1,000 for students of primary and secondary schools respectively.
Governor Fayemi said his government would commence a school feeding programme in all public schools by December.