By Dayo Adesulu
Authorities of the Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State, yesterday locked out students who failed to pay inter-house sport levy before they went for mid term break last week.
When Vanguard visited the school yesterday, it was discovered that many students who came in company of their parents were denied access to the school at the gate for failure to pay the levy.
Each of the students, according to reliable sources was asked to pay N2, 500 for inter-house sport before the mid term break.
The students, who alleged extortion by the school authority, told Vanguard that the issue of inter-house sport was supposed to be optional.
Parents of affected students have vowed to resist any attempt to force them to pay.
The Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Jonathan Mbaka, also told Vanguard that the directive to collect compulsory N2, 500 from each student was not from the ministry.
He said: “The Federal Ministry of Education has never mandated Unity Schools to collect mandatory fees for inter-house sports from students. I will call the principal of the school to confirm the allegation though.”