Lagos NAPPS President, Amusa Olawale celebrates Children on May 27, appeals for more government support
The president of the National association of Proprietors of private school, Lagos chapter, Mr Amusa M.T Olawale, in celebrating 2020 Children’s day has urged the government to pay more attention to the education sector in the country.
Looking at the present crisis that has struck the world, Covid-19, it is worthy of being noted that education has a huge role to play in making researches, ensuring that some of the measures set by several agencies to curb the spread of this virus, but unfortunately, according to him, the same education sectors has been totally neglected.
‘’ Hygiene, an aspect of human life which was very sacrosanct then, has been totally ignored. Even the era of digital technology seems to have no solution to the novel pandemic. The education sector itself is totally handicapped in its quest to find solution to the challenges which in the first place should have been the prerogative of this sector’’
He also maintained that some of the benefits that make education attractive to people have been withdraw , rendering the profession irrelevant in some areas especially for private school owners.
‘’ It is on this note that the Education sector has a big role to play. Sad to say that the school whose role is to lead this crusade has woefully failed as the Noble Teaching Profession has become most unattractive for teachers in Private Schools. The goodies inherent in the sector are no longer being enjoyed by Private School owners. They treat the sector as if Proprietors, Parents and Teachers of Private Schools are not Tax payers. They are only interested in collecting Revenue from us, neglecting children from private schools who are also leaders of tomorrow as if they have another country for them.’’
As the Lagos state president of the NAPPS, He stated that the body has been neglected, despite the fact that several appeals have been made to the government to create a balance between government owned institutions and private owned institutions.
‘’ The NAPPS (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROPRIETORS OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS) being a partner in progress in this sector, has virtually been neglected.
As a body, we have severally and collectively appealed to Government to do an over-all review of the administration of Schools, so that Proprietors and Teachers alike will share in the dividends of Democracy which as at now is only being enjoyed by Government schools.
Among others, we had in our previous memo to Government solicited for assistance in the following areas:
Proactiveness in the management of COVID-19 pandemic palliatives aimed at cushioning the effect of the lock-down on the citizens, our teachers inclusive. This will no doubt enhance total benefit to the teachers and parents.
Since Private Schools and Staff receive salary from school fees, apparently a lull in this sector at this time is imminent as Parents withheld the payment of their wards outstanding school fees.
Request for PAYE tax holidays since staff and schools are on compulsory COVID-19 holiday.
Suspension on all Levies and dues that are imposed by Local Governments and other Agencies of Government.
Technical and Financial Support to Private Schools with the implementation of e-Learning to sustain the learning of our children during the lock-down and beyond.
Access to single digit and long term loan facilities from both Government established financial Institutions and Industries.
Subsidise the cost of preventive items and machines that are needed in schools; Smart Disinfection Tunnel, Infrared Thermometer, Soap Dispenser etc.’’
However, he commended the proactiveness of government both at the federal and state in the management of Covid-19 pandemic, while appealing that palliative packages should also be extended to school owners and teachers in the private sectors.‘’
‘’ We must commend the proactiveness of Government both at Federal and State in the Management of COVID-19 Pandemic. The sincere intervention designed to contain the spread of the diseases is markedly felt by all and sundry.
The Corona Virus is threatening the means of livelihood of school owners and teachers. Palliatives and other measures should be extended to them as well and not just to their colleagues in the Public sector. It would be recalled that funds are generated through us via Taxes, Levies and other revenues. It is also placed on record that about 60% of teachers in the state are employed by Private schools.’’