Free Education: Court Summons Cross River Governor, Quality Education Commissioner, And SUBEB Chairman

In Breaking News, Civic Space, Education, Podcast

By Ogar Monday

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A Cross River State High Court in Calabar has summoned the Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, the Commissioner for Quality Education, Dr. Godwin Amanke, and the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Sen. Stephen Odey to defend themselves against claims of illegal charges in State-owned primary schools.

The matter with suit number HC/91/2022 was instituted by activist cum journalist, Citizen Agba Jalingo who is asking the Court to declare as illegal all charges in State-owned primary schools because it violates the Cross River Universal Basic Education Law, 2006.

The Court papers seen by our correspondent reads in part:

“Let the Defendants, within 14 days of the service of this summons, inclusive of the day of such service, cause an appearance to be entered for them to this summons which is issued upon the application of Agba Jalingo, of CrossRiverWatch Media House, 2 Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Marian, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria who claims to be entitled to the reliefs hereafter set out and for the determination of the following questions:

“1. Whether by the true construction and interpretation of sections 1, 3 sub 1, 10, and 14 of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Law, 2006, Primary and Junior Secondary Schools Education in Cross River State is free and compulsory and payment of school fees and any other levy and charge in Cross River State primary and junior secondary schools is wrong, illegal, null and void?

“2. Whether by the true construction and interpretation of Sections 1, 3 sub 1, 10, and 14 of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Law, 2006, the defendants, jointly and severally, have breached the said law by charging or demanding the payment of school fees and sundry other levies and charges in Cross River State primary and junior secondary schools?”

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