By Daniel Tyokua
The President, National Association of Proprietors of private schools (NAPPS), FCT chapter, Olusola Bankole has warned that about 6,000 teachers in the Federal Capital Territory may experience job lose with the disruptions caused by COVID-19.
NAPPS president gave the indication in an electronic device interview with The AUTHORITY in Abuja.
She said the association had registered about 2,200 private schools as it members and regretted what would be the fate of the teachers, if the FCT Administration has not evolve measures that would address the challenge to come.
“Private schools need palliative, a lot of them have laid off their teachers, I am yet to finish putting together the number but at least 6,000 teachers have lost their jobs, I am still working on the exact numbers.
“Government at all levels should do something, especially the Federal Capital Territory Administration to help the private schools keep their teachers” she said.
Bankole said the members were concerned with how to continue to engage the children intellectually, the development she suggested that those in rural areas where they can not access TV, radio and YouTube should go on WhatsApp.
According to her, the association has started plans on how to assist both public and private schools children to gain during post COVID-19, which she sought for the government support.
“FCT should do the right thing, they should value education, if education is not a top priority there will be problem in the society. Education, health and agriculture are three basic things that must be paid attention to”
The NAPPS president explained that FCT Education Secretariat recently directed that no school in the capital should start online teaching of children under the cover of third term resumption.
According to her, the association had since then directed the schools that were involved in the practice to desist from such.
She urged the education secretariat to ensure that data of private schools in the territory was properly updated to ascertain the number of genuine schools and teachers in the nation’s capital.