FG may pay private school teachers’ salary arrears
To reduce the hardship private schools teachers in the country suffer because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government may take overpayment of their overdue salaries.
President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Chief Yomi Otubela, who disclosed this at a Zoom conference said the salaries
would be paid from the N2.3 trillion stimulus package recently approved by the Federal Government to support businesses, including private education sub-sector.
Otubela appealed to the Federal Government to also review its stand on the suspension of the West African Examination Council (WAEC)
and other public examinations for graduating students, saying the decision was not in the best interest of the country.
Private school teachers have been the worst hit since the coronavirus pandemic broke out,
as the schools remained shut, making it impossible for proprietors to meet their obligations to their workers.
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Worried by the development, NAPPS had engaged the Federal Government through the Economic Sustainability Committee
on the need to support private schools to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the sub-sector.
”Our justification for requesting palliatives from Federal Government borne out of the fact that the
abrupt closure of schools to protect the students in the country from the outbreak of the pandemic,
unfortunately, brought a lot of untold hardship to private school owners who rely heavily on fees
to meet up with obligations such as payment of salaries, operational costs,
and repayment of loans got from various financial institutions.
“The recent announcement of the approval of N2.3 trillion stimulus package to support businesses by
the Federal Government with including private schools is a welcome development to save private education sub-sector from imminent collapse.
NAPPS, therefore, appreciates the government for the swift response to our request for support.
We hope that the government will soon release guidelines for private schools to enjoy this support.”
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