The Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (APSON) in Kano State has agreed to reduce the third term 2020/2021 session school fees by 25%.
Recall that last week, the state’s commissioner for Education, Muhammad Kiru threatened to cancel the term if private school owners refuse to comply.
In a courtesy visit to the Commissioner’s office on Sunday, APSON announced it’s readiness to comply with the decision.
Aliyu Yusuf, the ministry public relations officer, revealed this in a statement.
He qouted National Deputy President of APSON, Hajia Maryam Magaji as saying that the decision was in line with the government’s resolve to cushion the effect of COVID-19.
“She explained further that the directives given to the proprietors for the reduction of the school fees was not intended by Government to hurt anybody, rather, it was done in the best interest of the educational development of the state,’’ said the statement.
‘’The National Officer said that though the association does not have jurisdiction to force other three sister associations to follow suit, promised to mobilize all its members 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 challenge the government decision in court,” Hajiya Maryam said.
Muhammad Kiru, Education Commissioner, expressed happiness with the decision.
“He, therefore, urged school Proprietors to consider the reduction of the school fees as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities, 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.”