According to the state government, education in public primary schools is free.
Reacting to complaints by parents that their wards were sent home for not paying some money, Mr Castro Ezama, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education said such payments were illegal.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had earlier reported the inability of public schools in the state to provide chalks and other necessities and resorted to collecting fees due to poor funding from government.
“Whenever they ask you to pay, tell the head teacher to give you a state government banks account number because there is no way anyone will give you account number when it is free and compulsory,’’ he said.
Mr Emmanuel Okon, a parent told NAN that different public schools in Calabar had different fees as school heads fix these fees indiscriminately.
According to Okon, parents are going through hardship and the state government should do something to help them.