Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has signed an executive order for the immediate revocation of education levies being paid by all students across the state.
He disclosed this at a forum attended by some stakeholders in the education sector held on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Governor Fayemi also announced that his administration has approved the sum of N200 million as car and housing loans for teachers in government schools across the state.
He decried that the number of school dropouts in the state was worrisome.
The governor pointed out that the government has a responsibility to ensure that education was free for students from primary to senior secondary level.
“Statistics show more students have dropped out of schools in Ekiti in the last four years,” he said.
“The levies imposed violate the constitutional policy of universal access to basic education throughout the country.”
The immediate past administration had introduced the levies ranging from N500 to N1,000 in both public and private schools at the primary and secondary levels.
This was strongly opposed by the Catholic Mission which took a legal action against the state government.