Gov. Kefas declares free primary, secondary education

Kefas Agbu

Governor Kefas Agbu of Taraba State

Governor Agbu Kefas has declared free education in all Taraba primary and secondary schools beginning with the next academic session.

This, he claims, is to mitigate the effects of the elimination of subsidies on Premium Motor Spirit, also known as fuel.

The decision came only 48 hours after the government announced a 50% decrease in university tuition to alleviate the country’s current suffering.

According to him, starting with the next academic session, primary and secondary education in Taraba State will be free.

His spokesman, Emmanuel Bello, said that the governor made the declaration at the Ebenezer Primary School in Wukari as part of his inspection tour.

The governor emphasised that it was the government’s responsibility to cover the costs, and that no fees should be charged to students.

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He stated that, in addition to honouring a campaign pledge, the suffering caused by the elimination of the fuel subsidy made the step necessary.

During a visit to Taraba State University in Jalingo on Wednesday, Kefas announced the abolition of school fees, stating that great education was his top priority.

Kefas stated that he had since announced an education state of emergency and was dedicated to free education at the primary and secondary school levels.

Many University students expressed their delight at the news, claiming that the fee cut will significantly improve their lives.

“Some parents said the hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy has made payments of school fees difficult. They said the slash has raised their hopes,” Bello had said.

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