By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie
The Nationwide Affiliation of Proprietors of Non-public Colleges (NAPPS) has assured the Federal Authorities of the readiness of the faculties below its fold to renew for the West African Senior Faculty Certificates Examination (WASSCE) and different terminal examinations.
The affiliation’s clamour for resumption follows the withdrawal of Nigeria’s participation within the sub-regional examination on Wednesday by the Federal Authorities over security causes.
Its Nationwide President, Chief Yomi Otubela, mentioned at a information convention held nearly on Monday that the group had ready its members for resumption according to the protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).
He mentioned: “I can vouch for our members which have gone by security measures of their colleges. We’re over 100 per cent prepared for transitional lessons to renew.
“NAPPS, as a responsive and accountable affiliation, has proven its readiness to make sure the protected phased reopening of colleges for JSS3 and SSS3 college students in personal colleges by making certain member colleges strictly adhere to the security protocols advisable by the NCDC to stop the unfold of COVID-19 throughout the faculty surroundings.
“Although we admire the security considerations of the Federal Authorities, personal colleges are absolutely ready for protected reopening of colleges with funding already made to obtain security gear as suggested by the NCDC to make sure the protected reopening of colleges nationwide.”
To arrange, Otubela mentioned member colleges had made provision for handwashing, infrared thermometers, sickbay, hand sanitisers and face masks for staff. He added that related staff had been skilled on tips on how to handle the kids to keep away from the unfold of the pandemic; seating association adjusted to permit for two-metre distance between the kids; and colleges decontaminated.
Otubela referred to as on the Federal and state governments to launch funds to ministries of schooling to equip public colleges with mandatory amenities so their candidates may take the examination with their personal faculty counterparts.
Lamenting the suspension of the WASSCE, the NAPPS President, who can also be the proprietor of Lagooz Colleges, Agege, mentioned it could trigger emotional trauma for the affected SSS3 pupils, who’ve been getting ready for the examination and should trigger them to lose curiosity in schooling.
He additionally mentioned dad and mom had been starting to demand for a refund of examination charges from colleges because the information grew to become public.