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Poor parents fight rich parents over demand for school fee increment in Abuja school

By Obinna Chukwuezie

Parents in an Abuja school (name not disclosed) almost tore themselves apart during a Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meeting recently.

Their problem started during the “AOB” session of the meeting, when a parent complained bitterly that the population of the students in her child’s class has exceeded a standard class size, as such, asked the school authorities to increase fees so that “those who cannot afford can leave.”

Consequently, those who felt slighted by her statement, asked her to withdraw her child if she is no longer comfortable with the class size, or go and start her own school, and not the other way round.

At this point, the meeting was divided along the two argument lines and voices began to rise. Feeling that the situation could escalate, the proprietor and the PTA Chairman had to adjourn the meeting.

Speaking to communitystories.ng after the meeting, a parent complained that she has three children in that school and that fee increment on frivolous ground “in the bad situation of the economy is not fair.”

Another embittered parent asserted that it should be the “school that should beg the parents to accept fee increment, and not the parent begging to school to increase their fees.”

Communitystories.ng gathered that the school mutually increased the fees not too long ago, and most parents who are low and middle income earners seem not have recovered from the increment. It remains unclear if the school will go the way of affluent parents, or maintain the status-quo.

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