BY EDMOND ODOK – The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) says their capacity to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge and open for West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and other terminal examinations in the country is not doubt.
In assuring the Federal Government of their members’ readiness to resume educational activities nationwide, NAPPS said all schools under its umbrella have made adequate provisions for re-opening and operating in line with existing Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s protocols.
According to NAPPS’ National President, Chief Yomi Otubela; “I can vouch for our members that have gone through safety measures in their schools. We are over 100 per cent ready for transitional classes to resume.
“NAPPS, as a responsive and responsible association, has shown its readiness to ensure the safe phased reopening of schools for JSS3 and SSS3 students in private schools by ensuring member schools strictly adhere to the safety protocols recommended by the NCDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the school environment.”
Speaking at a news conference held virtually, Chief Otubela, assured that members are committed to a safe environment for their students and staff by putting in place all necessary arrangements for resumption taking into consideration NCDC’s protocols and guidelines as enunciated by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
“Though we appreciate the safety concerns of the Federal Government, private schools are fully prepared for safe reopening of schools with investment already made to procure safety equipment as advised by the NCDC to ensure the safe reopening of schools nationwide”, Otubela said
He explained that NAPPS member schools have made provisions for hand washing; Sickbay; Infrared thermometers; hand sanitisers and face masks for their workers.
The NAPPS Chairman further disclosed that aside training relevant workers on how to manage the children to avoid the spread of the pandemic, schools have been decontaminated with the seating arrangements fully adjusted to allow for two-metre physical distancing between the children
He however urged both the Federal and state governments to urgently release funds to various Ministries of Education towards equipping public schools with necessary facilities so their candidates can participate in the planned examination with their private school counterparts.
Chief Otubela, who is also the proprietor of Lagooz Schools, Agege, cautioned that stopping some students from taking the examinations could result in emotional trauma for the affected SSS3 pupils that have been preparing for so long.
He therefore appealed to the Federal government to reverse its decision on the WASSCE, hinting that some of the students may be adversely affected to the point of losing interest in education.
The NAPPS President also pointed out that since the news broke out concerning government’s current position, parents are now putting pressure on schools, demanding a refund of examination fees.