Parents and guardians have voiced their opposition to the administration of the College of Education Warri, COEWA Nursery & Primary School in Warri, Delta State, over the rise in tuition and the price of books for their children.
At the time of writing, the Parents/Guardians’ kids had joined them in the demonstration outside the school gate.
The increase in the cost of children’s books, according to the parents, is obscene.
They threatened to pull their kids out of school if the Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP government, led by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, did not act.
In an interview, one of the parents, Tonukarin Dabona, said that the COEWA Nursery &Primary School increased the books of his children from $29,500 to $52,000, stating that the school made the books and payment mandatory for every student.
Dabona added that although parents had come to oppose the increase, if the school’s administration did not reverse the increase in book costs, parents would not permit their children to return to school.
He requested the Governor Oborevwori to become involved in the situation.
Mr Preye Suowari, a father with three students in the school, said parents are not pleased with the rise.
Parents are gathering here to protest the management of COEWA Nursery & Primary School’s increase in tuition and book costs for their children.
He pointed out that the books being offered by the school at excessive costs are not genuine manufacturer copies. He said, “They’re copies bound from photocopies for parents.”
The fact that the books are being marketed to parents at such “outrageous” rates, according to Suowari, is the most aggravating aspect of it.
In contrast to the situation at the COEWA Nursery & Primary School, he requested that the Governor issue a decree allowing parents to purchase books for their children from any retailer inside the state.
Parents are sobbing, Suowari said. Parents are dying.
Other parents who asserted to have paid the wards’ tuition wanted a refund from the institution’s administration so they could send their kids to private schools in Warri.
If the school doesn’t give them their money back, they’ve vowed to take them to court.
At the time of this publication, attempts to contact Dr. Oyovwi, the provost of the College of Education, Warri, COEWA, were fruitless.