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Associations Debunk Accepting 25% Cut in School Fees

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Isiyaku Ahmed

Following media reports that APSON has accepted to reduce school fees by 25%, a joint committee of Private
and Voluntary Schools Association in Kano made a press release to debunk the story calling it misinformation

Below is the full text of the press statement.

WE HAVE NOT ACCEPTED 25% DISCOUNT ON SCHOOL FEES BEING THE TEXT OF PRESS RELEASE BY JOINT COMMITTEE OF PRIVATE AND VOLUNTARY SCHOOLS ASSOCIATIONS IN KANO STATE, ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2020 AT 9:00PM

PREAMBLE:
Over the last few days, the media has been flooded with deliberate misinformation and misrepresentation of issues concerning discount of school fees by Kano State Private Schools.
This necessitated this press release by the Joint Committee of Private and Voluntary Schools Associations in Kano State, made up of the leadership of the following duly registered associations: Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and Independent School Proprietors Association Kano (ISPAK).

BACKGROUND

  1. We were contacted severally by the media, but because we do not want to heat up the already tense situation, and in order not to preempt the Government’s response to our request for clarification, we kept silent on the issue.
  2. Despite the fact that there was a public holiday, we contacted the State Government to obtain clarification on the two separate issues: (a) The meaning and purpose of the cancellation of 3rd Term, and (b) the justification for a compulsory 25% discount on school fees when all sectors of the economy have increased their prices and charges. We are still awaiting their response.
  3. We issued an update on Friday October 30, 2020 exclusively to our members to set the records straight, douse the tension and avoid media exchange on the issue.
  4. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Education, Kano State made a press release today, November 1, 2020 that “the government will not reverse back (sic) on its decision of cancelling the 3rd Term if majority of the proprietors refuse to comply with the directives of the fees reduction.”
  5. As we were meeting on the issue, we were bombarded by another announcement purportedly from the Ministry, claiming that Proprietors have agreed to 25% discount of school fees.
  6. We note with concern, the unilateral action by representatives of APSON, who until yesterday were with us in all our meetings and decisions. However,
    we wish to observe that Haj. Maryam Magaji, the National Vice President of APSON is an employee of the government under SUBEB. In the same vein, Murtala Hussain, the State Vice Chairman is an Assistant Director with the Kano State Private and Voluntary Institutions Board.

It is therefore surprising that employees of the Ministry of Education are coming out to speak on behalf of Proprietors of Private Schools.

OUR POSITION

  1. We believe the issue of cancelling 3rd Term and that of school fees discount are two entirely separate issues, each of which should be handled differently.
  2. We were requested to present our position on the issues of school fees discount, but before we could contact our members and present their position, Kano State Ministry of Education immediately went on air to announce the position of the government, on the issue.
  3. While noting the huge negative impact of the 7-months shutdown and reiterating that any cancellation will only worsen an already bad situation; if there is an overriding public interest, we are ready to cooperate with and support the government, if it decides to cancel the 3rd Term, but that should not be tied to the issue of school fees.
  4. We have each agreed to conduct a general congress of our Associations within the next 48 hours, after which we will announce our collective stand.
  5. Once again, for the avoidance of doubt,
    (a) our members have not received any financial assistance from the State or Federal Government, (b) we have not accepted the 25% discount and our position will be communicated to the authorities by Thursday November 5, 2020.

Read also: APSON Kano Accepts Reduce School Fees by 25%

November 1, 2020

Signed:
Engr Basheer Adamu Aliyu (08060844088) Chairman, Kano Chapter, Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS),
Alh Muhammad Mallam Adamu (08037053331), Chairman, Kano Chapter, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS),
Mrs Fatima CAN Bello (08034085120), Chairperson Independent School Proprietors Association Kano (ISPAK)

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