- A political appointee in Delta state, Solomon Milkie, has given cash to teachers of some private schools
- Milkie paid the sum of N5,000 each as palliatives to the teachers in Warri north council of Delta
- The political appointee said he decided to make available his personal funds to meet the needs of the teachers because of the challenges they are facing
Teachers of some private schools in Delta state have been given cash gifts by Solomon Milkie, the special assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on youth and community development.
Milkie paid the sum of N5,000 each as palliatives to the teachers who were from Koko, headquarters of Warri North council of Delta state, Tribune reported.
He disclosed that 27 teachers have so far had their bank account credited with the amount.
The politician said he decided to give out the cash to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on private school teachers who have not been receiving the salaries since schools were closed.
Milkie said he gave out his personal funds to meet the immediate needs of the teachers because of the challenges they are facing.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos state chapter, has said it is opposed to the reopening of schools due to the rising cases of COVID-19.
The chairman of the NUT in Lagos state, Adesina Adedoyin, made the disclosure when reacting to the decision of the south-west governors to commence the West African Senior Secondary Examinations (WASSCE) in August.
Adedoyin who faulted the move by the governors cited the rising COVID-19 cases and the limited testing centres available in the state as a cause for concern, This Day reported.
He called for the state governments and the federal government to take a uniform position on the reopening of schools.
In another news, the Nigerian Tribune reported that the private school owners in the country said some parents of their students, who registered for 2020 WASSCE being conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), have started asking for the refund of their children's registration fees for the exam.
Legit.ng gathered that the school owners also noted that the parents have asked for the refund of their children's registration fees for the National Examinations Council (NECO).
The newspaper hinted that the parents were doing this based on the uncertainty that is now surrounding the conduct of the two exams as the federal government has pulled out all the 104 unity school students nationwide from participating in WASSCE, which is already scheduled to commence on August 3.
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