Enugu FGC parents, PTA tango over alleged excessive levy

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Raphael Ede, Enugu

THE executive of the Parent Teachers Association of the Federal Government College, Enugu are currently bickering over alleged financial impropriety at the college.

The parents complained of some excessive billing by the PTA executive as well as having some money paid to an account which is not a Federal Government remittal account.

The Spokesman for the concerned parents, Mr Chris Agu, who spoke to journalists in Enugu on Wednesday, accused the leadership of the PTA of unilaterally laying off all teachers it employed in the school and that the parents pay N5,000.

Agu said, “They were sacked after serving for between 10 and 14 years during the end of the first wave of COVID-19 and no parent was informed. Again, the sacked PTA-teachers were owed three-month salaries and were not paid the salaries as of the time of disengaging them.

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“The PTA executive also collected a whooping sum of N65,000 from parents of fresh students (JSS-1), without paying to the Federal Government remittal account and it duly receipted.

“They claim it was meant to get some basic provisions for the fresh students which included mattresses, school uniforms, lockers, table and desk, torch light and others. From all market standards, the items were below N65,000.

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“Even till today, some students are not sleeping on the mattresses to be provided after the payment but some sleep on the floor or share a mattress with other fellow students.”

When contacted, the PTA Chairman, Nwodo, said the allegations were not true; adding that the PTA-teachers were part-time teachers engaged by the recommendation of the principal.

He said, “However, about 90 per cent of them representing over 50 of them had been recalled. We are making efforts to clear the debt owed the PTA-teachers.”

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“During the lock down we lost a term and additional time running almost six months and there was no PTA levy paid and we do not have anywhere to generate their monthly payment rather than the PTA levy each term.”

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