Group wants funds released directly to schools
The Nigerian academy of Education (NAE) has appealed to the government to release funds directly to the schools in order to cut off ‘’intermediary taxes’’ to enable them prepare and sustain students preparing for exit examinations in the COVID-19 era.
The group, in a statement by its president, Elizabeth Eke and Publicity Secretary, Owoicho Akpa called for public-private arrangement to help with direct donations to schools, as supplementary school feeding is needed at the time of examinations.
It said since all the examinations would be taken in the next four months, the total number of students involved in the different examinations will be huge, hence should be properly cared for.
The statement read in part, ‘’COVID-19 has ushered in a new normal for all and there is a need for adaptation to be able to cope for private and public schools, their proprietors and stakeholders’’.
‘In this instant, parents have the responsibility to decide whether their children return to school or not, although with all the examinations scheduled, the temptation to follow the tide may be very strong.”
It said the school authorities and management should ensure that the guidelines are followed.
‘’ Students and teachers are expected to be tested, the school as a whole should be fumigated, they should observe social distancing especially in the examination arrangements, masks made available, sanitisers, running water and soap should also be provided,” it added.
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