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Former Lawmaker Reacts as State Suspend fee hike by private Schools



The Kano State Government, on Sunday, ordered the suspension of school fees increment across all private primary and secondary schools.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Private Schools, Baba Umar, who confirmed the suspension also said that the sale of books and uniforms by private schools has been put on hold.

Also, Umar disclosed that all certificates from private schools have been revoked.

According to him, the government has commenced the issuance of application forms for the registration of private schools, following the withdrawal of certificate of operations of the schools by the state government.

He Said, “The state government has commenced the issuance of application forms for registration of the operations of private schools in the state, which will end on Friday, August 18th, 2023.
Umar mentioned that the new registration seeks to ensure the availability of a database for monitoring. He noted that parents have been advised against paying fee increments in any of the schools.

He added, “The essence of the new registration is to ensure we have an accurate database for government’s policy and monitoring, to sanitize the sector. All that we are rolling out for private schools operation in the state is in line with the law established in May 2014.

“Parents should report any school that is asking them for fee increment, as that has been suspended for now. No school will be allowed to unilaterally increase school fees again.”

He noted that the state government will similarly ensure that parents pay school fees of their children at the same time because the operators are not charity organizations, adding that private schools operators, who fail to apply before the expiration of the application date would be sanctioned if they are found to be operating.

Reacting to the State Government’s decision on his Instagram page, a former member of the National Assembly, Shehu Sani said “ The decision of the Kano State Government to stop Private Primary and Secondary schools from increasing tuition fees is a welcome and commendable development.”

“Other States & the FCT should emulate this intervention . Dollar & Petrol shouldn’t be used to overcharge parents.” He added.

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