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Private schools threaten to boycott Sept 11 resumption date in Edo

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Private school owners in Edo State, under the Coalition of Private Schools, on Monday, threatened to boycott the September 11 resumption date due to alleged cruel government policies.

The coalition, during a news conference in Benin, said the decision became necessary as all efforts to reach Governor Godwin Obaseki over their plights have proved abortive.

The body comprises the Association for Formidable Educational Development, Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria and the National Association of Proprietors Of Private Schools.

In an address delivered by the State Chairman of NAPPS, Dr. Lemmy Russel, the association said that it had sent three different letters to the governor without getting any response.

The group lamented that the schools were being overburdened with tax by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, as well as Personal Income Tax and annual renewal by the state government.

The group said the recent facility check survey by the Directorate of Quality Assurance in the state was impromptu and hasty.

It described the decision of the state government to seal off defaulting schools in the face of the current economic realities as a way of increasing the number of out-of-school children and unemployment in a country already plagued with poverty.

He said, “We, therefore, appeal for a stakeholders meeting of the three associations leaders to have a dialogue, in order to address the so many plights of private schools in Edo State.

“Scrap the huge Annual Renewal Fee or have one consolidated fee/Tax payable by private schools as against the numerous bills charged by MDAs.

“Fund/Loan be made available to private schools at a very low interest rate with a period of at least five years to pay back.

“This will help drive the implementation of disarticulation policies in schools and improve the learning environment in Schools. In case the appeals heed no result our members would stage a peaceful protest to ensure necessary actions are taken.”