In a statement issued by its Director General, Hon. Bisi Kolawole, PAAM said; “the Fayemi-led Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government in Ekiti State has for long deceived the public with its claim of free education and time has come for him to be told to stop the deceit.”
According to PAAM, education in Ekiti State was free before Fayemi became governor.
“Fayemi should tell Ekiti people where all the textbooks provided free by the Segun Oni-led government are since students now pay for textbooks in the State.”
According to Kolawole, Junior Secondary School, JJS1, students in the State public schools are being made to pay N2,030 for English and Mathematics textbooks.
The statement reads: “Today, in Ekiti, students are paying for textbooks that were given free before Fayemi became governor. Students are paying enrolment fees, buying their own furniture and instructional materials. Yet, Fayemi claimed that education is free in Ekiti State. Where is the free education?
“Where is free education in a state where government claimed to have provided 33,000 free laptops but no student has the so-called laptop?
“Where is free education in Ekiti where Fayemi publicly said no student in the State owned university, EKSU would pay more than N50,000 but students are now paying as much as N150,000?
“Most importantly, where are the textbooks and laptops supplied to the schools by the Segun Oni-led government? Where are the thousands of furniture supplied to the schools? Has it been so difficult for the Fayemi-led government to maintain the furniture provided by the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) under the Oni’s government? Why are JJS1 students now being made to pay as much as N7,500 for furniture when students were no longer carrying furniture to school before Fayemi became governor?
“These are questions Fayemi and his men must answer instead of their shameless claim that they are offering free education in Ekiti State.
“Again, for clarity sake, before Fayemi became governor, only students of the 22 boarding schools in Ekiti State were paying N10.000 per term while no fee was paid in other schools (both primary and secondary)
“Apart from non-payment of tuition fees, free textbooks and free laptops were provided while WAEC and NECO fees were paid by the government.
“Therefore, Fayemi and his party should stop this their free education deceit because the people are no longer buying into it.”