‘We are ready to resume’-Private school owners tell FG

NEWSMAN, Lagos – Private school proprietors have lamented the suspension of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) saying it would cause emotional trauma for the affected SSS 3 pupils, who have been preparing for the examination and may cause them to lose interest in education.

President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Yomi Otubela at a news conference held virtually on Monday revealed that parents were beginning to demand for a refund of examination fees from schools since the news became public.

Meanwhile, the proprietors have expressed readiness to fully abide by Federal Government School resumption guidelines in observing safety measures as they clamour to resume for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and other terminal examinations.

“Private schools are fully prepared for safe reopening of schools with investment already made to procure safety equipment as advised by the NCDC to ensure the safe reopening of schools nationwide.” Otubela said.

He further stated that “I can vouch for our members that have gone through safety measures in their schools.  We are over 100 percent ready for transitional classes to resume”, Nation reported.

Breaking down the level of preparedness, Otubela said “member schools had made provision for handwashing, infrared thermometers, sickbay, hand sanitisers and face masks for workers.

 He added that relevant workers had been trained on how to manage the children to avoid the spread of the pandemic; seating arrangement adjusted to allow for two-metre distance between the children; and schools decontaminated”.

Otubela called on the Federal and state governments to release funds to ministries of education to equip public schools with necessary facilities so their candidates could take the examination with their private school counterparts.

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