Following reported cases of embezzlement and corruption in the collection of school fees by principals and examination officers across public schools, Bauchi State Government has banned cash payment of school fees and external examination charges in the state.
Bauchi state Commissioner for Education, Aliyu Usman Tilde said this in a statement signed by the Information Officer of the ministry Jalaludeen Usman.
The Commissioner said any head teacher or principal caught collecting cash school fees from parents or guardians will be made to bear the consequences of their action.
“The perennial embarrassing practice of misappropriating SSCE and BECE fees students paid by some head teachers, principals and examination officers, it has become necessary for the ministry to introduce the policy.
“The sharp practices have in the past years prevented innocent students from writing the final examinations, as their names are. It has become necessary to extend the cashless policy that the Ministry introduced three years ago to now cover all payments related to examinations.
“Starting from this (2022/23) academic year, parents are required to personally pay directly into the account of the Ministry all examination fees and charges,” the statement read in parts.
Tilde said, henceforth, parents are to pay school fees and examination fees directly into the bank account of the ministry.
He added that private schools that pay stamp charges to the ministry are to do so through the official bank account of the ministry.