Free Education: Soludo Steps Down Four Principals Over Non-Compliance

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

Governor Chukwuma Soludo has stepped down four school principals for non-compliance to the Solution Free Education Policy of the Anambra State Government.

The principals of Washington Memorial Grammar School Onitsha, Nkem Nkechi; Kenneth Dike Secondary School Awka, Onwurah Catherine; New Era Secondary School Onitsha, Dr. Cordelia Okonkwo; and Amaka Ubaka of Prince Memorial High School, Onitsha, were alleged to have acted in contravention of the Solution Policy on Free Education in the state

The stepping down of the principals was announced by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh who stated that a committee had been constituted to investigate the activities of the affected principals. She further stated that if found culpable, the principals would be made to refund the amount collected.

It is surprising that after  series of announcements on the Solution Free Education Policy by Mr Governor, the Principals could still be alleged to have flouted the policy.

It will be recalled that Governor Soludo had during his visits to Premier Primary School Odume, Obosi and Ado Girls’ Secondary School, Onitsha, announced that in line with the Solution Free Education policy, no child from Early Childhood Education and Development up to Junior Secondary School (JSS 3), is required to pay any fee whatsoever, while no student in the Senior Secondary should pay anything more than N5, 000 only. The policy was further amplified by the Governor in a meeting he had with principals and head teachers at the International Conference Center, Awka, on Saturday, 23rd September, 2023.