Ogun: Private School Owners Condemn New Resumption Date

Minister of Education, Ibrahim-Shekarau
Minister of Education, Ibrahim-Shekarau
The Ogun State chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has expressed its disagreement with the Federal Government’s decision to shift the school resumption date by a month because of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Schools in the country are presently on long vacation and were initially billed to resume this month before the Federal Government announced a shift in the resumption date to 13 October. The group argued that the decision of the Federal Government to puts the education of the children at risk. This position was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the association’s Executive Committee meeting at its secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital. At a press conference after the meeting, state chairman of the association, Dr.  Abayomi Jiboku, said if the extension was in good faith, it should have applied to institutions at other educational levels, churches and mosques. Jiboku argued that these institutions host larger numbers  than private schools. “Following the Federal Government directive that all schools should provide anti-Ebola materials before resumption, the private schools are ready, hence, there is no need to prevent schools from resuming on the earlier resumption date. “Those that are falling victims of Ebola virus attack have not been children, they are adults. In Lagos State, we have not recorded any attack on children. In Rivers state, we have not recorded such, even, the man that brought it into the country was a medical doctor, an adult,” he contended.
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