The current economic recession in the country is taking a massive toll on operators of private schools in Abuja as some parents are finding it difficult to pay the school fees of their children.
The schools, which resumed for second term few days ago, are said to have been bombarded with letters from parents on the need to be given more time to enable them source for the fees of their wards.
The AUTHORITY gathered that private schools in the Abuja’s suburbs are the worse hit as some parents have even gone as far as transferring their children to public schools.
“I used to have three children in private school in Kubwa, I was finding it difficult to pay their school fees and transport fare. There is no money and I have just moved them to a public school in Dutsen-Alhaji which is closer to my house. We have engaged a private teacher who will also put them through when they are back from school to make up for what they will miss in the private school,” a parent, Haruna Ajima, said.
The National President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and Proprietress of Titsal Global Schools, Abuja, Dr (Mrs) Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, had recently cried out over the inability of parents to pay the school fees of their children, which has also made the payment of teachers salaries difficult.
Her words: “It will be difficult to keep paying salaries on the part of private schools as a result of this recession.
“Many of my school parents don’t have money to pay school fees, I have plenty letters begging me ‘please let my child stay’. One called me this morning from Dubai saying look thank God they put me in this trip to Dubai whatever they pay me now is what am leaning on to pay my children’s school fees.
“You hardly know what to do. You can’t chase the children away. You have human feelings a child doesn’t know what has happened to Nigeria that the parents can no longer pay school fees, so I just tell them start paying in installment, even if you have N20,000, bring it.”