NAPPS To FG: Private Schools Cannot Afford Another Prolong Closure Due To COVID-19


The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS has enjoined government to keep the school open and enforce compliance with Covid-19 protocols to save lives and livelihood.
The association also want government to put in place enforcement mechanism of all non-pharmaceutical protocols in the schools’ system.
The National President NAPPS, Chief Yomi Otubela while speaking at a press conference tagged #KEEPSCHOOLSOPEN organized by the association on Zoom on Thursday said the event by the association came as a result of recent pronouncement credited to the Federal Government on the proposed review of the resumption date of schools fixed for 18th of January 2021 due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 infections in the country.
“While we appreciate the concerns of the Federal Government and are grateful to the government also for their support and efforts to keep the school safe of the virus, we wish to differ from the review of the date which could keep the schools closed as against the earlier date announced.
“This is because the schools have been at the forefront of support for strict adherence to the Covid-19 safety protocols as recommended by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) within the school environment.
The President added that the assertion can be supported by clean bills of health received by various schools’ management during the earlier visits of government’s monitoring teams on COVID- 19 safety protocols to schools in the country.
“We also suggest staggered reopening of Schools where some students attend schools in the morning and others in the afternoon or alternative days of the week especially for public schools with a high population of students while this may not apply to private schools due to a manageable number of students per school.
Others, according to Otubela include phased reopening of schools for different classes could be adopted and reduced hours of learning within the school environment to reduce the probability of exposure to the virus.
“While adopting remote learning as a complement to learning, we should take cognizance of the vulnerable children who may have difficulty engaging in remote learning due to lack of devices or quiet space to study. This makes physical schooling more desirable.
Chief Otubela said that Private Schools cannot afford another prolonged closure of schools to prevent the total collapse of private education sub-sector, adding that the association align with the recent pronouncement of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that schools are not drivers of Covid-19 pandemic and that closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact negatively on the development, safety and mental wellbeing of children globally.
He also pointed that schools provide a safe environment for vulnerable children whose parents are front liners in the fight against Covid-19.
“In a city like Lagos where parents are always out of home, schools come to the rescue to keep these children safe”, he said.
“We equally call on the government to enforce little hours at work for workers to allow them to return home on time to attend to their children, given the increase in crime and social vices among the youths and teenagers, governments should implement all non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 protocols in schools rather than close schools.
“We also encourage the Federal Government to invest in vaccination that will go round in good time.
The president also called on parents to own the fight against the spread of Covid-19 through Parents Teachers Association,
“PTA should form Covid-19 Compliance officers among parents that will rotate visitation to schools on regular basis for compliance,” he said.

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