Long after the rude interruption of schools operation nationwide as a result of the unexpected COVID-19 holiday, there’s finally coming a ray of hope for private school owners all over Nigeria, especially for private school owners who are bonafide members of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).
Speaking in a live telephone interview on TVC today, Monday 13th July, the president of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Mr. Yomi Otubela spoke on a number of issues bordering on the recent U-turn of the Federal Government on the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). It will be recalled that the head of WAEC in Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen had earlier announced that WAEC would commence examinations nationwide on the 4th of August, but which was reversed by the substantive Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu in what appeared to be like a communication gap or, as some have opined, a power tussle, between the Education Ministry and WAEC. But finally, light is about to shine at the end of the tunnel as the leadership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has been in several consultations and meetings with the Federal Government. According to Mr. Yomi Otubela, they have submitted proposals to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the highest decision-making body in Nigeria, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and have gotten their approval.
Some of the proposals include moratorium for proprietors who are on CBN’s loan, payment of teachers working in private schools, and a recommendation that members of the association will adhere to safety protocols regarding COVID-19 in their schools. The NAPPS head said they had all the necessary documents regarding the approval by the Federal Government. When asked about what would be the fate of schools that are not part of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Mr. Yomi Otubela did not hesitate to say that he couldn’t speak for them, as joining an association was a matter of freedom of association.
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