The Nigerian government has dashed the hopes of private school teachers who are struggling after long-term closures of training centers due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Guardian report indicates that the Federal government is likely to take over the payment of unpaid teachers ‘ salaries since the lockdown began back in March.
This was stated at a Zoom conference by the head of the National Association of Private School Owners (NAPPS) Yomi Otubela.
According to Otubela, the salary arrears of private school teachers will be paid from the N2.3 trillion stimulus package recently approved by the Federal government.
He further noted that the Association had approached the Federal government with a proposal sent to the Committee on economic sustainability, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on the need to support private schools to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
In another AIT News report, the NAPPS President explained that only schools that are enrolled as members of his Association will benefit from the intervention.
Otubela said in a statement that the proposal was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and thanked the government for its prompt response.
He said: “We have written to the Federal government to understand that these teachers are educating Nigerian children and that they should keep them and their families together during the lock down.
So the Federal government listened to our request. We asked that the salaries of teachers in private schools be taken over by the government during the months of lock down.
“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.”
Meanwhile, it was 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-Ganiyu 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.