Women protest, accuse school principal of extortion in Delta State

Indigenes of Ovwor community, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, Monday, embarked on a protest against alleged illegal collection of levies by Principal of the Ovwor Mixed Secondary School, Ovwor, Mr Fedelis Okoro.

The protesters, mostly women who stormed the school’s premises, displaying leaves and chanting songs of grievances, alleged that the school Principal was collecting high admission fee, high MMF fee and refusing to give examination results to students.

Speaking during the protest, women General Secretary of the Community, Mrs Anna Umukoro said; “the school is asking each new student to pay as much as N10,500 for admission, which is outside other things like machetes, brooms, disinfectants, books, soap and others that the children still have to buy before they can be admitted.

“From our findings, the money they are collecting in the school is far more than what other government schools collect for the same admission.

“We want the Principal to explain to us why he is collecting all these levies. Why Ovwor Secondary school admission fee is different from other government schools.

“We are farmers and struggle to pay what we used to pay but since this Principal resumed, things have gone from bad to worse and we can no longer bear it, that is why we are here.”

However, the Principal of the school, Mr Fedelis Okoro who was not in the school during the protest, spoke to Vanguard correspondent on phone, saying; “all the allegations are not true. I am very busy right now, will call you when I am less busy to explain myself.”

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