Fayose closes Catholic schools in Ekiti over education levy
• Church sues govt
The controversy between Ekiti State Government and Catholic Diocese of Ekiti over education levy has assumed a new dimension, as the government has closed all 15 primary and seven secondary schools belonging to the church.
However, the church has sued the state government over the imposition of levies on pupils and students of its primary and secondary schools.
Bishop of the Diocese, Most Reverend Felix Femi Ajakaye, decried the closure of schools run by the church in the state, even as some of them are preparing for their National Examinations Council (NECO) examinations.
Addressing newsmen on the development, Bishop Ajakaye said he was “concerned about the propriety of imposing any development levy on pupils and students in Catholic mission schools in Ekiti State, moreover when our schools are paying various levies and taxes demanded by both the local and state governments respectively.”
In an originating summons in the suit filed at an Ekiti State high court by the Incorporated Trustees of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti as claimants, against the Attorney General of Ekiti State as well as the Commissioner for Education, Ekiti State as defendants, the church wants three questions determined.
The church wants the court to determine, “whether every child of primary school and junior secondary school age in the state is not entitled to free and compulsory basic education under Section 2 of Compulsory Free Universal Education Act, 2004 and Section 19 of Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board Law.”
It also wants the court to determine if, “the imposition of education development levy or any tax or levy on pupils and schools in the state, including the claimants schools, by the defendants, does not violate Section 2 of Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act 2004 and Section 19 of Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Law.”
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