- Private school teachers have cried out, noting that they are starving
- The teachers explained that prolonged closure of schools is subjecting them to hunger
- Teachers of private schools have now called on the government to assist them with palliatives
Following the prolonged closure of schools as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19, private school teachers have appealed to the government to assist them with palliatives as they are hungry.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, this was disclosed in a statement signed by Abdul-Ganiyy Raji, the spokesman for the teachers.
Raji explained that it would be callous of the government to wait for owners and teachers of private schools to start dying of starvation before coming to their aid.
The spokesperson speaking further noted that the welfare of private school teachers cannot be ignored, adding that they majorly survive on earnings from customers and schools have not collected third term fees.
While stating that due to the current lockdown all sources of income of private schools have been blocked, Raji urged the government to kindly do something about private schools
The group noted that for more than two months now, schools have been closed in compliance with the lockdown order imposed by the federal government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“However, while this lockdown lasts, is anybody talking about how school owners are coping with the salaries of their workforce at this difficult time? Is anybody discussing how school owners themselves are surviving and helping their family members during this lockdown?
“In Lagos for instance, schools were shut down as far back as March. We are in June. Are we aware that some school owners have not paid March and April salaries?” Raji queried.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River said all the public schools in the state will resume on Tuesday, June 16. This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen in Calabar by his special adviser on media and publicity, Christian Ita.
This is as Governor Ayade unveiled the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) made at the state-owned garment factory and is being mass-produced. The state government plans special protective measures for children and others as they resume for learning.
Governor Ayade said the protective gears, which include face shields and PPE overalls, will be distributed to schools free of charge for the use of students and medical personnel in the state.
In a related development, no date has been fixed yet for reopening of schools, the federal government has said. The federal government is taking the prevention of a spike in the rate of infection very seriously and is therefore still monitoring situations.
This was disclosed by the health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 100th day briefing in Abuja.
Ehanire said: “There is no fixed date on schools’ resumption. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is studying the situation, carrying out reviews every two and four weeks to access the situation and judge when it is safe."
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