The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, have cried out to the goverment that the pandemic has so far been a threat to their livelihood.
The Association calls for the assistance of the goverment by asking them to consider an over-all review of the administration of schools and possibly exempting them from tax.
According to the Lagos State President of NAPPS, Chief Amusa Olawale, he revealed that school owners have not been able to generate income to survive since the school closure, he added that most of their members have parents and guardians who are still defaulting in their school fees payment but have refused to pay up because their wards are at home.
“The NAPPS, being a partner in progress in this sector, has virtually been neglected. As a body, we have severally and collectively appealed to government to do an over-all review of the administration of schools, so that proprietors and teachers alike will share in the dividends of democracy which as at now is only being enjoyed by government schools. Among others, we had in our previous memo to government solicited for assistance in the following areas:
“Proactiveness in the management of COVID-19 pandemic palliatives aimed at cushioning the effect of the lock-down on the citizens, our teachers inclusive. This will no doubt enhance total benefit to the teachers and parents. Since private schools and staff receive salary from school fees, apparently a lull in this sector at this time is imminent as parents withheld the payment of their wards’ outstanding school fees.
“Request for PAYE tax holidays since staff and schools are on compulsory COVID-19 holiday. Suspension of all levies and dues that are imposed by local governments and other agencies of government. Technical and financial support to private schools with the implementation of e-Learning to sustain the learning of our children during the lock-down and beyond.
“Access to single digit and long term loan facilities from both government established financial Institutions and Industries. Subsidise the cost of preventive items and machines that are needed in schools; smart disinfection tunnel, Infrared Thermometer, Soap Dispenser, etc.”