Anambra State government has warned principals of secondary schools against unnecessary charging of students.

It was announced by the Commissioner for Education Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh stated this while addressing principals at the Principals’ Retreat at Madonna Renewal Centre, Nkpor.

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She urged them to work with the understanding that all fingers were not equal and to avoid inflicting injury on troubled souls.

She said: “Most students are passing through one hardship or the other. Do not compound the problem with unnecessary tax and punishment.

“Nothing is compulsory in Anambra educational system. Hence, on no account should a student be driven out of class, beaten or sent home for being unable to buy textbooks.

“The use of persuasion is more effective in making students comply with directives or injunctions.”

The commissioner directed the principals to set up school bookshops on school premises to help students buy government-approved textbooks, warning that prices should not be higher than what is obtainable in the open market