The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says private school owners are entitled to charge fees for the third term as students in exit classes resume.
Nwajiuba said this while reacting to a question during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The minister said that private school owners are business ventures and not charity organisations
“For public institutions, we can’t tell you that we charge school fees, as most of our schools are free. Public schools are free and vary from state to state.
“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 schools are 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 said that “once the WAEC examination starts on August 17, it will run till the middle of September and NABTEB will start immediately and run till October.”
He said “NECO examination will start on October 10, about a week to the end of NABTEB and run through to November.
“We expect that throughout the period, students are working and learning.
“We don’t just want them to be in school and be playing, this is exit class, it says a lot about the six years spent in secondary school.
“Right now, we are lifting the registration for NABTEB and NECO, continuously running, even while we are about to begin WAEC.
‘”All examinations are a test of outcomes. We will want our teachers to continuously engage the students,” he said.