The federal government has approved the inclusion of private schools across Nigeria among the beneficiaries of the funds available to support companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most schools across the country have been closed since March to reduce the spread of the pandemic.
Government had recently announced an economic stimulus package of N 2.3 trillion To support businesses, as was approved for a single-digit N 50 billion loan available through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
They are admitted after engagements in the government’s Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Yomi Otubela, the national president of the National Association of Owners of Private Schools (NAPPS), announced this on Monday during a virtual press conference.
According to him, the justification for applying for palliative government had come from the government’s sudden closure of schools to protect students in the country from the pandemic outbreak.
He acknowledged that the closure of the school created “a lot of indescribable difficulties” for private school owners who rely heavily on school fees to meet obligations such as paying salaries, operating costs and repaying loans from various financial institutions.
He described the inclusion of private schools in the N2.3 trillion stimulus package to support businesses as a welcome development due to the potential impact of funds on saving the private education subsector from the impending collapse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The private school principal appreciated the government and looked forward to the publication of guidelines for private schools to benefit from this support.
Ready to resume
Mr. Otubela affirmed the willingness of the private schools to resume their academic activities.
According to him, private school owners have already taken reasonable steps to ensure that schools can reopen according to the security protocols recommended by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
He therefore appealed to the federal government to rethink its decision to withdraw Nigerian schools from the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and to stop schools from reopening for security reasons.
He believed that the decision could cause emotional trauma in SSS3 students.
He added, “For this reason, we will advise the government to use the services of clinical psychologists to assess the mental state of these students when they are ready for a psychological trauma that will result from the psychological trauma Participate in these examinations Suspension of these exams after strict preparation by students and knowing that their peers in other countries will take the exam. “
He also expressed concern that Nigerian students might be forced to seek an alternative spelling for these exams by contacting neighboring countries.
The owner of a private school also feared that the prolonged closure of the majority of students could result in a loss of interest in education and in taking social vices that are harmful to their wellbeing and public security.
This is when he revealed that some parents were already requesting a refund of the exam fees that had already been used to compensate for the registration fees from the exams.
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