By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie
At a time personal colleges are struggling to pay staff, one proprietor, just isn’t solely paying month-to-month but additionally gave palliatives to folks.
She is Evangelist Adekunbi Akin-Taylor, founding father of Charlie Marie Group of Faculties, Likosi in Sagamu, Ogun State.
Following the lockdown attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant hardship from March, Mrs. Akin Taylor instructed The Nation that she shared meals gadgets to her 27 staff in addition to 100 dad and mom and group members whose youngsters attended the college.
“I gave all members of employees meals palliatives – gari, rice and beans. They have been appreciative. My first daughter sponsored the April meals palliative; whereas my different daughter sponsored identical for Might.
“I did prolong palliatives to all dad and mom. I understand how laborious will probably be on them, particularly feeding the youngsters. Most of them have been struggling to make ends meet even earlier than lockdown. A few of my youngsters come to high school on empty stomachs. I didn’t need my youngsters to undergo. Somebody phoned me that, as led by God he and his mum have been blessing me with some cash. I put all what I used to be blessed with and further to good use. Every palliative bag had rice, beans, garri, Indomie, oil, salt, biscuits and sweets. I made positive it was sizeable. Households that had two moms bought two baggage,” she stated.
Charges are low in Charlie Marie Group of Faculties. Pupils pay between N9,500 and N22,500 per time period. These within the boarding home pay an extra N80,000-N90,000 per time period.
Nonetheless, with pupils not in class due to the pandemic, charges haven’t been paid since March. But the 27 members of employees are being paid greater than 50 per cent of their salaries – and none of them was sacked. Nonetheless, after this month, Mrs. Akin-Taylor just isn’t positive how she would proceed.
“For the month of March I paid full wage. April and Might I paid between 60 per cent and 70 per cent. I’m preventing to do the identical in June however, after June, will probably be a really powerful name. I’ve used up nearly all my financial savings. I’m now getting very fearful,” she stated.
Mrs. Akin-Taylor stated the college has not been in a position to mount any e-learning programme as a result of dad and mom can not afford the fee.
“About e-learning, we couldn’t do in any respect. Energy provide is sort of non-existent. Many dad and mom can not afford common information and android telephones discuss much less of laptops. Even the lecturers have such constraints. I don’t imagine in segregation so since solely a handful of fogeys can do that, I made a decision it received’t be truthful on majority of the others,” she stated.
A mum or dad, Mrs. Olajumoke Amos, praised Mrs. Akin-Taylor for her care to folks.
“She did an excellent job. On that individual day, all of the dad and mom have been pleased. She was not within the nation and he or she nonetheless prolonged her love. I’ve not seen any personal college round right here do something like this. What many personal colleges anticipate from dad and mom is ‘deliver’, ‘deliver’ however she is open-handed,”she stated.
Additionally talking, the college’s PTA Chairperson, Mrs. Olabunmi Mufutau, stated: “That lady may be very good, sort good mama. There are only a few proprietors that may do that. Employees salaries have been paid for 2 months; she may be very sort,” she stated.