Coronavirus: FG set to pay private schools' teachers’ salary arrears

Coronavirus: FG set to pay private schools' teachers’ salary arrears

- The federal government has agreed to pay the salaries of teachers in private school

- This was disclosed by Yomi Otubela, the president of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools

- According to Otubela, only private schools that are members of the association will benefit from this

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The Nigerian government has lifted the hopes of private school teachers who have been enduring hardship following the prolonged closure of learning centres due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A report by The Guardian indicates that the federal government is most likely to take over payment of teachers outstanding salaries since the lockdown started back in March.

Chief Yomi Otubela, the president of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), disclosed this at a Zoom conference.

According to Otubela, the salary arrears of private school teachers would be paid from the N2.3 trillion stimulus package recently approved by the federal government.

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Coronavirus: FG set to pay private school teachers’ salary arrears
FG agrees to pay private school teachers’ salary arrears
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He went on to note that the association had engaged the federal government in a proposal sent to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the need to support private schools to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

In another report by AIT News, the NAPPS president explained that only schools that are enlisted as members of his association will benefit from the intervention.

Otubela in a statement said that the proposal has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), and thanked the government for its swift response.

He said: "We have written to the Federal Government to understand that these teachers are teaching Nigerian children and that they need to keep them and their families together during the lockdown.

So the Federal Government has listened to our request. We requested that the teacher’s salaries in private schools should be taken over by the government during the months of the lockdown.

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“The recent announcement of the approval of N2.3 trillion stimulus package to support businesses by the Federal Government with the inclusion of private schools is a welcome development to save private education sub-sector from imminent collapse.”

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Meanwhile, previously reported that private school teachers appealed to the government to assist them with palliatives as they are hungry. 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.

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