- The federal government has said private school owners have the right to charge fees for the third term
- The minister of state for education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba disclosed this on Monday, August 3, at the media briefing
- According to Nwajiuba, private school owners are not running a charity organisation
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In preparation for the resumption of third term, the federal government on Monday, August 3, said that owners of private school are entitled to charge fees for exiting students.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education, disclosed this at the media briefing of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) in Abuja.
The minister stated this in reaction to a question if it was right for private schools to charge fees for third term since the period students would spend was short.
Nwajiuba went on to note that private school owners were running a business venture and not a charity organisation.
He said: "But when you go into a contractual relationship with a school owner, a school owner is a passionate person but is also a business person. He or she is not running a charity organisation, they may be charitable in their approach, but it’s not charity.
“So, it’s important that you appreciate that a private school is entitled to charge fees for the work they do. The person that runs a school may be passionate about education but will still charge fees.”
Nwajiuba maintained that the resumption of schools is presently for students in graduating classes.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the PTF on COVID-19 condemned the demands by some states that students should present the results of their coronavirus test before they could be allowed to return to the classroom.
The PTF said it is “far more important to monitor” every resuming pupil for symptoms of coronavirus than making negative COVID-19 test result a requirement for each pupil to return to the classroom.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of PTF, while reacting on Monday, August 3, during a briefing in Abuja, informed that a negative COVID-19 test result is only valid for the moment it was conducted.
In a related development, the federal government announced that it has begun disinfecting 19,000 unity schools in preparation for the resumption of students.
Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, the minister of environment, speaking in Kaduna said that the decontamination is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.
He revealed that this will be done immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir break, adding that personnel will be mounting surveillance in some of the exam centers.
The environment minister stated that the disinfection will begin with federal government colleges and then schools that will host the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
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