Members of the Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (APSON), Kano State Chapter has agreed to reduce schools fees charges by 25 percent as directed by the State Ministry of Education.
The Chief Public Relations Officer at State Ministry of Education, Aliyu Yusuf in a statement said members of APSON unveiled their decision during a solidarity visit to the Hon. Commissioner of Education in his office.
According to the statement, the National Deputy President of the APSON, Hajiya Maryam Magaji said that their association has decided to comply with the government directives for the reduction of the school fees with a view to cushioning the effects of the economic hardship suffered as a result of the covid-19 pandemic by parents in Kano State.
She said: “The directives given to the proprietors for the reduction of the school fees was not intended by Government to hurt any body, rather, it was done in the best interest of the educational development of the state.”
Hajia Mariam also said though the association doesn’t have jurisdiction to force other three sister associations to follow suit, but she promised to mobilize all the members of the APSON to oblige to the directives.
“We cannot force the 3 sister associations to do the same as we do, but we are pledging our loyalty to the government and we would mobilize our members to comply”, she maintained.
“We are not going to media to destroy the good efforts of the ministry and we would not support any body to go to court and challenge the government decision” Hajiya Maryam stressed.
The Chairperson of the Kano State Chapter of the Association, Mrs. Bimbo Awotunde disclosed that they were at the ministry to solidly support of government’s decision for the reduction of 25 percent school fees to their students.
She expressed gratitude to the ministry for maintaining good working relationship and kind support to the private schools operating in the state.
The state Commisioner of Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru expressed his heartfelt appreciation that APSON has come to terms to comply with the state government’s directives.
Kiru explained that government has every right to make policy but not to hurt any body, therefore the issue of school fees reduction was in the best interest of both parties.
He therefore urged school Proprietors to consider the reduction of the school fees as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, saying that government is very much aware of the economic hardships suffered by both the school owners and the parents as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He reminded APSON delegation that government has all the powers to impose a policy while maintaining it’s cordial relationship with the Private Schools proprietors, it decided to table the issue in a matured manner for mutual benefit and understanding.
He reaffirmed that government will not reverse on its decision of cancelling the third term if majority of the proprietors refused to comply with the directives for the reduction of school fees