The National President of National Association for Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Chief Dr Yomi Otubela has called for calm amongst proprietors of private schools in regard to the reopening of schools on 18th January 2021 being a scheduled date set by the federal government of Nigeria for schools to reopen across the country.
The call came as a result of reactions from different quarters and some proprietors of private school in regard to the review of the reopening date for school by the PTF body due to the high rate of Covid 19 cases in the country. While some people are kicking against another lock down of schools, some are wondering what the conclusion would be in regard to the government final decision after the review.
Dr Yomi Otubela, who has sent a memo to members of the association as discovered by TEC News made them to know that the National Executive council of the educational body under his leadership is aware of the consequences of another lock down of schools in the country and asked all parties to be calm as meeting with stakeholders within the body and the educational sector has been ongoing and an emergency meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow 13th January, 2021 to discuss extensively on the subject matter to determine the position of the Association.
It would be recalled that Schools were amongst the organization that suffer more lock down as the Nation went into total lockdown in March and gradual opening was done in phases leaving schools reopening to October, 2020. School therefore suffered lockdown from March – October, 2020 making both parent, learners and teachers stranded for almost 6months, a development that has led to the lamentation of proprietors of private schools who complaints how difficult it is to run a private school in Nigeria where support has been almost impossible leaving them to run the school under heavy bank loans.
The leadership of NAPPS by this development are under serious pressure as to what have to be done as government also decides any moment from now. Update shall be made available as situation progresses. Below is the full text of the National President, NAPPS.
FROM: NATIONAL PRESIDENT
TO: ALL NAPPS MEMBERS
THRU: NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRPERSONS
SUBJECT; *PROPOSED REVIEW OF SCHOOL RESUMPTION AS ANNOUNCED BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION*
DATE: 12TH JANUARY 2021
I trust you are doing well and keeping safe.
Given the information credited to the Minister of Education regarding the proposed review of resumption date of January 18th 2020 for schools in the country due to resurgence of Covid -19, we wish to announce that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association is equally aware of the negative impact of the impending decision should the government shut down the school again. As a result of this, the NEC has been consulting with government representatives to ensure a positive outcome for private schools in the country just as we are aware that schools in some states had already reopened.
To this end, NAPPS BOT, National Executive Council / Central Working Committee will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow Wednesday 13th January 2020 morning afternoon and evening to deliberate on this issue.
In the interim, we plead for calm and we shall communicate our position on this issue to members very soon.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Yours in the educational service.
Chief ‘Yomi Otubela Fcma
National President NAPPS
Please, broadcast to all NAPPS members nationwide. Thanks