Ogun State Government says it is considering sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to streamline the various tax payable by proprietors of private primary and secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela, who dropped this hint during an interaction with newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday denied allegation that they were been charged multiple taxes. Odubela identified some of the fees required to be paid by the proprietors to include: registration, upgrading, renewable fees, signage commercial premises and Personal Income Tax.
He appealed to people in the state to endeavour to meet all conditions for the establishment of schools before operating them and seeking approval and registrations from relevant bodies. Explaining further, the Director of Primary, Special and Higher Education, Elder Adekunle Adegbesan listed the fees expected to be paid by proprietors of primary schools in the state to include accreditation fee ( N30,000), inspection fee (N30,000) and approval fee N50,000.
Elder Adegbesan explained that approval fees depends on the number of pupils in the school as 1.5 per cent of the tuition fees of each pupils is expected to be paid.
Also, the Director of Secondary School, Sunday Sokeye urged present and prospective proprietors of private secondary schools in the state to obtain registration booklet to get themselves acquainted with the registration and renewal procedure and requirements. Sokeye added that the Ministry of Education had put measures in place to ensure cashless process in the payment of the fees.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says it will soon commence the recruitment of more teachers to address the challenges of shortage of teachers across the state public primary and secondary schools. Odubela, who is the commissioner of the ministry said the focus of the present administration was to reduce to the barest minimum the over population of students in the classrooms as well as improve the students performance in external exams, among others.
Source: National Mirror