The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools NAPPS, has expressed worries over the state of education in Oshimili North and South Local Government Areas of Delta state.
In a communique issued at the end of a joint emergency meeting held on the 29th of September 2017, in Asaba, jointly signed by the chairman of the Oshimili North chapter of the NAPPS, Mr. Callistus Ofonye and his Oshimili South counterpart Mr. Austine Onodarho,
copies of which were addressed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, and chairman of education committee and made available to journalists, they stated that the standard of education was dwindling as a result of increased activities of illegal schools.
The chapters further resolved that no private school in the two council areas would pay tax or pay for licence renewal next year if the state government does not close down the illegal schools which were over two thousand in the two LGA in order to pave way for improved standard of education and also ensure that the state government and approved schools were not denied revenue anymore.
The Association also said that no school should be allowed to commence operation or open for academic activities without licence as was the practice before. They dosclosed that most corrupt education officials capitalized on the age old tradition that there must be something on ground before seeking approval to allow illegal schools to thrive in the environments not conducive for learning.
It was also stated in the communiqué that no school should be approved anymore without meeting the new minimum standard set by the state government, in order to foreclose the idea of allowing individuals, Churches, etc from opening and operating schools in ramshackle, residential buildings and church auditoriums.
The Members of the NAPPS urged the Delta State government to take a queue from Akwa-Ibom state which they said had closed down over seven hundred schools in one fell swoop and threatened to prosecute the promoters of such illegal schools if they reopen, in their resolve to sanitize the education sector and ensure standards in private schools.
It was resolved also that the state government should strengthen the inspectorate department of the ministry of Basic and Secondary education by providing it with vehicles and other required logistics which they said would be for effective inspection and supervision of approved schools to ensure continued maintenance of standards.
The NAPPS enjoined All government approved private schools in the two Local Government Areas, to upgrade their facilities as a matter of urgency so as not to be found wanting anytime the officials of the ministry of education pay an unscheduled visit.
They also resolved that the Executive members of the Association in the two local government areas should further seek audience with the honourable commissioner for education to present their grievances as there was no section of NAPPS constitution that empowered only the state president to be their sole advocate or mouth piece. They further advised that if the move fails, the executive should convene another emergency meeting for members to protest against the madness in the education sector to government House and the state House of assembly.
The members of the NAPPS in Oshimili North and South further condemned the action of their state president for allegedly deceiving the honourable commissioner that the chapter executives had no right to pay any government officials a courtesy visit.
They said Notwithstanding the unprofessional and unconstitutional steps taken by their state president, Mr. Ochuko Akpeme, the members of NAPPS in Oshimili North and South gave assurance that they would remain in the association to help correct the alleged ills in the state’s education sector and be good partners in progress with the state government under the leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The communiqué also described the forthcoming NAPPS WEEK as a jamboree adding that the members of NAPPS in Oshimili north and south chapters were not part of it.
They disclosed that the state president and his associates planned to use the NAPPS week to keep the pupils and students at home while it lasts, thereby worsening the already bad situation in the education sector which they affirmed to be the reason for what they described as a mass failure in the last primary six and BECE examinations.
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