Private Schools Proprietors in Kano State have faulted the State Government’s directive for a 25 per cent reduction in the school fees for the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.
The state Joint Committee of Private and Voluntary Schools Associations said this in a statement by Mr Basheer Adamu, Chairman, Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS) and Alhaji Muhammad Adamu, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Kano on Monday.
The state government had in October directed private school proprietors to reduce 25 per cent of the school fees for the third term to cushion the effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on parents in the state.
But the committee said that the proprietors would not reduce the fees as they did not receive financial support from either the state or federal government during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Reacting, the state government, however, said that there was no going back on the directive.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mr Sanusi Kiru, said this while fielding reporters’ questions on Monday in Kano.
According to Kiru, the state government’s decision to reduce 25 per cent of the fees is to lessen the economic hardship being faced by parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the government has the power to enforce the directive on the private school owners but chose to negotiate with them on the matter.
“Although over 80 per cent of the private school proprietors have complied, I want to inform you that we have 99 actions that can be taken against recalcitrant proprietors who refuse to obey the directive.
“We have set up an endorsement committee to go round private schools to ensure compliance. We want to be fair to all, but some are trying to be stubborn.
“When you investigate, you will find out that even the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has cancelled the third term session, we also have the right to do the same,” he said.