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EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT LEVY LAW
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Imposition of Education development levy.
2. Education levy to be paid terminally.
3. Person authorised to collect levy.
4. Power of the Governor to increase or reduce the Education levy.
5. Establishment of Education Levy fund.
6. Usage of Education levy.
7. Education levy Account.
8. Offences and Penalty.
10. Citation and commencement.
EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT LEVY LAW
A Law to provide for the imposition and collection of Education Development Levy and for other purposes connected therewith.
[1st January, 1995] [Commencement.]
1. Imposition of Education development levy
For the purpose of developing public primary and secondary schools (hereinafter referred to in this Law as “the schools”) in Lagos State and for the purpose of enhancing the standard of education in the State, an education development levy (hereinafter referred to in this Law as the “Education Levy”) is hereby imposed upon and shall be payable by every pupil in the schools within the State.
2. Education levy to be paid terminally
As from the commencement of this Law every pupil in the primary school and secondary school in the State shall on the first day of each term pay N50.00 (Fifty naira) and N100.00 (One hundred naira) respectively for the term.
3. Person authorised to collect levy
It shall be the duty of the head of the school or any person so authorised to collect the Education Levy and issue receipt in the form prescribed by the Commissioner for Education.
4. Power of the Governor to increase or reduce the Education levy
The Governor may at any time if he deems fit increase or reduce the amount of Education levy specified in section 2 of this Law by means of an Order published in the Gazette.
5. Establishment of Education Levy fund
(1) For the purpose of this Law every school in the State shall establish Education levy fund (hereinafter referred to in this Law as “the Education Fund”) into which shall be paid any levy collected by virtue of this Law.
(2) Any Education levy collected by virtue of this Law shall be paid in the Education fund established under subsection (1) of this section not later than 7 days of such collection.
6. Usage of Education levy
(1) All Education levy collected by each school shall be used exclusively for the physical and academic development of the school.
(2) No money shall be taken out of the fund without the written approval of the Ministry of Education.
7. Education levy Account
(1) Each school in the State shall operate a bank account specifically for the Education fund with a reputable bank or banks in the State and the signatories to the account shall be:
(a) a representative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education;
(b) the head of the school; and
(c) the Chairman of the school’s Parents and Teachers Association.
(2) The head of the school shall keep proper accounts in respect of Education levy collected by the school.
(3) The accounts shall be audited and supervised after the end of each school term to which the accounts relate by the auditor approved by the Ministry of Education.
8. Offences and Penalty
(1) Any person who having collected the Education levy fails to pay same into the Education Fund established by subsection (1) of section 5 of this Law shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a fine of N5,000 (Five thousand naira) or six months imprisonment or both. In addition such person shall be surcharged for the amount lost for non-compliance with the relevant provision of this Law.
(2) Any person who collects more than the amount prescribed under this Law from any pupil shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a fine of N5,000 (Five thousand naira) or six months imprisonment or both.
In this Law unless the context otherwise requires:
“Head of the School” means headmaster, headmistress and principal;
“Governor” means Governor of Lagos State;
“State” means Lagos State.
10. Citation and commencement
This Law may be cited as the Education Development Levy Law 1995 and shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January 1995.
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