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COVID-19: FG To Pay Backlog Of Teachers’ Salaries Owed by Private Schools

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Zainab Sanni

The National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS) has confirmed that the Federal Government has agreed to pay the backlog of private school teachers’ salaries owed for up to three months.

NAPPS President, Dr. Yomi Otubela, confirmed this in a chat with AN24.net on Monday. Responding to a report published by An24.net about the plight of Private School Teachers in the country since that start of the pandemic, he noted that NAPPS had been engaging government officials since April to make the cases of private schools operators and staff known to the government

“Federal Government has now announced that it will be granting the payment of teachers’ salaries for the backlog of teachers’ salaries owed for three months. It is still in the implementation stage but it has been announced,” he said.
Otubela also explained that Private Schools were among the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to benefit from the new Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) that was developed by the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC).

A statement published on NAPPS website noted that this information was contained in the press release of June 25, 2020 by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.”
He however noted that only schools who were active members will benefit from the intervention.

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Otubela said; “At the outbreak of COVID-19, we commenced advocacy and granted a lot of interviews as it relates to teacher’s welfare. In the month of April, we started engaging government, as we are aware of what schools owners would face because school was brought to a close abruptly. We wrote to the Ministry of Education, Central Bank of Nigeria and the office of the Vice-President who heads the Economics Sustainability Committee.
“Three weeks ago, the FEC granted our prayers and the following are our prayers:

“That government should cover the salaries of teachers to cover the months that school remained locked; Single digits loan should be made available for school owners to cover the loss of profits; Support private school with safety kits necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 within the school environment.”

He added; “We also suggested staggered reopening to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Presidential Taskforce Force on COVID-19 to consider school reopening in phases. A case where students will resume at different times of the day.”

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