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EBOLA: School Owners React To Extension Of School Resumption Date



The Ogun State chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has condemned the Federal Government extension of school resumption date across the country.
Speaking with Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday, on behalf of the body, the state President, Dr Abayomi Jiboku, called on the federal government to review the date in the interest of the country’s education system.
According to him, the extension of school resumption would have adverse effect on the school calendar and consequently, inimical to the education sector, adding that the extension might also affect candidates that would be writing the West African School Certificate Examination and the National Examinations Council next year as they might not be able to complete the examinations’ syllabuses.
“We are not going to gain by this extension. We don’t want the future of our children to be impaired. We should consider external examinations like WAEC and NECO. WAEC usually starts in March or April” Jiboku said. “Already we are talking about mass failure. Our children are lazying about. So, it is in the interest of all that schools resume as scheduled because failure will affect their performance.”
The association’s president also noted that school teachers should also be considered as they might be required to extend their working hours to 6 and 7 pm, including Sundays, to make up for the lost time.
Jiboku, who lamented the alleged scarcity of detecting devices for Ebola virus in the state, revealed that it was sold for a whooping sum of N6, 000 each.
“Whatever they asked us to put in place will be done. They said we should send two members for training and buy two scanning devices? to detect high body temperature. We are ready to abide by all their directives” he said.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government extended the resumption date of both public and private primary and secondary schools across the country for the 2014/2015 academic from September 16 to October 13, following the reported outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
It would be recalled that on August 22, 2014, the state government extended the resumption of schools indefinitely in the metropolis as part effort to curtail the possible spread of Ebola virus, before the federal government on August 26, 2014, through Ministry for Education announced that all public and private schools classes are to be delayed by a month as “preventive measures” against the Ebola virus.

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