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Senate seeks extension of free education to senior secondary schools
A bill pursuing to expand the federal government’s free and compulsory education programme from the Junior Secondary School three to Senior Secondary School three has succeeded first reading on the floor of the Senate.
The bill was sponsored by Rochas Okorocha, the senator representing Imo West Senatorial district.
The former governor in a press release by his media office on Wednesday stated the bill when passed into legislation would make sure that Nigerian children are in a position to access qualitative education as much as senior secondary school level.
He remarked that the Federal Government’s free schooling policy in the meantime only captured those from primary to junior secondary school levels.
Okorocha explained the proposed legislation, tagged: ‘Free Universal Education Act Amendment Bill’, as a people-oriented bill.
He conveyed the hope that the bill would be given an accelerated hearing and ensuing assent by the executive.
The statement indicated that Okorocha established the Rochas Foundation schools across most parts of Nigeria long before he turned governor.
It pointed out that the Senator has at all times been a supporter of equal access to qualitative education by all Nigerian and African children.
The statement added that Okorocha was the first Nigerian governor to completely implement the free schooling policy throughout all levels of education while in office from 2011 to 2019.