The Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB) authority has suspended the Junior and Senior Principal’s of Community Secondary School, Okoro-N’odu in Obio Akpor Local Government Area for high level extortion of parents and guardians who seek admission for their wards.

The Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB) Executive Chairman, Ven Fynface Akah disclosed this to journalists when responding to questions over alleged extortion in Rivers state public schools.

Akah made it once more clear that Rivers state government is running a free and compulsory education, in tandem with the Universal Basic Education policy, which stipulates a compulsory and free education for all school-aged children to complete nine years of basic education, that is six years of primary schooling and automatic transition into three years junior secondary.

He warned that any principal caught in the act will face the full wrath of the law, while those principals who have collected such exorbitant fees from unsuspecting parents should as a matter of urgency refund it back to the parents.

The prompt response from the RSUBEB chairman was necessitated by appeal from parents and guardians to the Rivers state government to intervene and rescue their wards from dropping out of schools.

It will be recalled that after two weeks of schools resumption in Rivers state, parents and guardians were raising alarm over high level of extortion in government public schools. A development which if not checked will be detrimental to the administration of Sir Siminalayi whose desire is to sustain free and compulsory education in Primary and secondary schools in the state.

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