By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie
The Nationwide Affiliation of Proprietors of Non-public Faculties (NAPPS) has assured the Federal Authorities of the readiness of the colleges beneath its fold to renew for the West African Senior Faculty Certificates Examination (WASSCE) and different terminal examinations.
The affiliation’s clamour for resumption follows the withdrawal of Nigeria’s participation within the sub-regional examination on Wednesday by the Federal Authorities over security causes.
Its Nationwide President, Chief Yomi Otubela, mentioned at a information convention held just about on Monday that the group had ready its members for resumption according to the protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).
He mentioned: “I can vouch for our members which have gone via security measures of their faculties. We’re over 100 per cent prepared for transitional lessons to renew.
“NAPPS, as a responsive and accountable affiliation, has proven its readiness to make sure the secure phased reopening of faculties for JSS3 and SSS3 college students in personal faculties by guaranteeing member faculties strictly adhere to the security protocols really useful by the NCDC to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 throughout the college setting.
“Regardless that we recognize the security issues of the Federal Authorities, personal faculties are totally ready for secure reopening of faculties with funding already made to acquire security gear as suggested by the NCDC to make sure the secure reopening of faculties nationwide.”
To organize, Otubela mentioned member faculties had made provision for handwashing, infrared thermometers, sickbay, hand sanitisers and face masks for staff. He added that related staff had been educated on tips on how to handle the kids to keep away from the unfold of the pandemic; seating association adjusted to permit for two-metre distance between the kids; and faculties decontaminated.
Otubela known as on the Federal and state governments to launch funds to ministries of schooling to equip public faculties with crucial amenities so their candidates may take the examination with their personal college counterparts.
Lamenting the suspension of the WASSCE, the NAPPS President, who can be the proprietor of Lagooz Faculties, Agege, mentioned it could trigger emotional trauma for the affected SSS3 pupils, who’ve been getting ready for the examination and should trigger them to lose curiosity in schooling.
He additionally mentioned mother and father have been starting to demand for a refund of examination charges from faculties because the information grew to become public.