Under the auspices of the National Association of Private School Owners (NAPPS), private school owners in the country called on the federal government to begin gradually reopening schools in the country, starting with students in terminal classes (such as sixth grade primary school). The third grade of junior high school and the third grade of high school.
However, school owners who spoke through their country ’s president, chief chief Yomi Otubela, in Lagos yesterday suggested that states with low coronavirus outbreak rates or a decline in cases should first reopen schools.
As the agency pointed out, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on private primary and secondary schools, more than 1 million teaching and non-teaching staff are facing severe economic challenges.
NAPPS added, however, that appropriate precautions and sensitization should be put in place to protect the health and safety of teachers and students.
\”The education sector appears to be one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to sudden school closures. At the peak of the pandemic, it was reported that more than 1.2 billion children around the world were out of school due to the pandemic, with most of them resorting to distance learning as a strategy to meet the educational needs of students. “In Nigeria, where private education makes a significant contribution to children’s education, it is worrying that this sensitive private education sector, whose income largely depends on school fees, but still suffers from continuous school closure to be neglected by the government’s program of initiatives during this critical period.
The organization said that the reopening of the school would terminate the system
and allow students in the final year to prepare for the exam.