Disparity in fees stirs controversy at FGC Ikot Ekpene
Discrepancy in school fees of the Federal Government College (FGC), Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, is causing a friction between the management of the college and parents.
A circular from the school issued by the Bursar, Dr. Ojiezele A.A states that the approved school fees for second term, 2017/2018 academic session is N34,000 for JS1, JS2, SS1 and SS2 covering boarding fees, medicals, stationery, vocational, inter house sports, clubs and society, utilities, security, extra lesson, website/e-result/ICT and school media.
The circular also stated that, “Fees are to be paid in favour of FGC Ikot Ekpene through Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) payment gateway remita with commercial banks but most preferable at Central Bank in any state capital directly into account no: 0210474161018 and the college revenue code number 0517026012. Please make sure that you obtain print out that has Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) from commercial bank or teller from CBN for exchange of official receipts in the school bursary. Returning students will only be admitted on payment of full school fees”
Most unity schools like Federal Government Girls College, Calabar it was gathered are paying the federal government stipulated fees of N25, 500, but FGC Ikot Ekpene is asking parents to pay N34, 000.
In a swift reaction, Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school, Mr. Imoh Abam, issued text messages to parents asking them to disregard the bills by the school management.
However as the school resumed for the second term academic activities, parents went to pay the fees as stipulated by the FME, but the school management insisted on collecting the figures stated in the circular. After much persuasion, they agreed that parents should pay the N25,500 with a written note to pay the balance later.
When contacted, the PTA chairman in a telephone interaction with The Guardian said, “The school management gave a sheet of paper to parents to write an undertaking that they will balance it pending when the approval will come for balance or refund. We shall inform parents of our next line of action.”
He advised parents to keep their receipts or teller, pledging to inform them on future development. “For now some parents are paying N34, 000 and some are paying N25, 500, we shall communicate to them on further developments,” he said.
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