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Covid-19: Bayelsa NAPPS commends FG over proposal to pay private school teachers

From CLEM ONYEMAECHI, Yenagoa

Private school owners in Bayelsa State under the aegis of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS) have expressed happiness over the proposal by the Federal Government to pay salaries of staff of their members nationwide.

Speaking with journalists in Yenagoa, the State NAPPS President, Dr. (Mrs.) Christiana MacDonald described the plan as a welcome development.

She commended the Federal Government for considering not only the plight of staff of government-owned schools, but also for spear-heading the proposed remuneration of staff of private schools in the country.

MacDonald called on members and intending members of NAPPS in the State to furnish the association with necessary details to ensure that no private school in the state was left out, adding that the novel Covid-19 pandemic had dealt them a blow.

She said that following the communication of the Federal Government’s intention for private schools to members of the association, the State secretariat of the association had continued to witness influx of members eager to know more about the FG’s move to enable them take necessary steps to qualify for the benefit.

She applauded the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for its effort towards ensuring that all schools qualified to benefit from the exercise are covered, further expressing satisfaction with the level of turnout for the forth coming exercise.

“I want to commend the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for heading the Economic Council. As an association, I want to say that we are putting in our very best to make education better in Bayelsa and in Nigeria,” MacDonald said.

“We’re a law abiding association, if the Federal or state Government says we shouldn’t resume now due to Corona virus then we must obey.

“The inclusion of private school teachers and staff in our private schools for remuneration by the Federal Government is a noble idea,” she stated.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government recently said it would intervene in the payment of salaries of staff of private schools in order to cushion the adverse effects of Covid-19 on providers of private schools in Nigeria

 

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