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Abia demands tax clearance for admission in schools


Abia-Assembly_510x350THE Abia State Government yesterday announced a new education policy wherein evidence of tax payment must be tendered by parents or guardians before their wards would be admitted into private and public schools. The policy is to take effect next in January, 2016.

Commissioner for Information and Culture, Bonnie Iwuoha, yesterday said no child in private and public primary or secondary school would be admitted without the parent or guardian presenting evidence of having paid tax.
Iwuoha also disclosed that schools in the state would be required to include Skill Acquisition studies in their curricula.

Announcing the new policy to journalists at the Government House in Umuahia, the commissioner said the decision was taken at the previous day’s weekly executive council meeting. He hinted of plans to set up a task force to enforce compliance.

The commissioner also disclosed that ministries had been directed by government to stop using the services of agents in collecting government revenue, saying that a central revenue collection body had been set up under the chairmanship of the deputy governor, Ude Oko Chukwu.

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