Parents Begin To Ask Private School Owners For Refund Following Government Ban Of 2020 External Exams
The uncertainty as to whether the government will allow this year’s West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) be conducted in Nigeria has prompted some parents to be asking private schools owner for refunds of money paid for the examination.
The school owners under the aegis of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), gave this hint, at a virtual press conference in Lagos, on Monday.
Chief Yomi Otubela, the national president of NAPPS addressing the press, said, even though the said money had since been remitted to WAEC and NECO, parents had reasoned that they would use the money to register their children for a similar exam in the neighbouring countries.
He said that is part of the reason why the government would have to reverse its stance concerning the exams by reopening schools gradually and also allowing students to sit for the exams.
The NAPPS boss also said that another reason why the government must reconsider its stance is that students are going through emotional trauma due to the suspension of the exam having fully prepared for it and also known that their peers in other member countries would sit for the exams.
He said since the closure of schools, private schools had been preparing towards resumption by providing for the required safety equipment such as running water and soap for hand-washing, Infra-red thermometers, sick-bay, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and so forth.
He said in addition to that, students in terminal classes are fewer and would, therefore, be easily monitored and controlled as regards the social\physical distancing and the adherence to other safety guidelines.
Otubela, who lamented that coronavirus pandemic had really taken a huge toll on them and their workers since no income is coming in since the closure of schools, he lauded the federal government for the release of N2.3 trillion stimulus package to support teachers’ salary and the Central Bank N50 billion single digits intervention loan to cushion the effect of the pandemic on schools.
He said they were waiting for the release of the fund and the execution of the loan facility.
Otubela insisted that the gradual reopening of schools and the conduct of the external exams even in this face of a covid-19 pandemic would do the country no harm but good.