By Festus Fifen.
As Schools Resume in Abuja The Nigeria Capital after more than 7 months of closure due to Covid-19 Lockdown, The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said all Private school owners and heads who insist on collecting third term fees will be sanctioned.
The FCT Minister Muhamed Musa Bello during a press Briefing last week directed that schools should resume for the first term of 2020/2021 Academic Year, a development that did not go well with some private school owners who insisted on collecting Fees for third Term and also arranging some kind of Crash Programme to complete the third Term.
Chairman, FCT Secondary Education Board, Yahaya Mohammed while inspecting some schools to a certain their level of preparedness in line with COVID -19 Protocols said the Administration is emphatic on the issue of third term school fees and would not hesitate to come down hard on either Private schools or any head of public school that collect the fees.
His words: “FCT Administration is very emphatic that this is first term resumption so no school, either Private or public should collect third term fees.
“Those that violate the rules will certainly face sanction.
“In our last meeting with the school management officials, NAPPS(spell out) were in attendance and had expressed the willingness to comply with the laid down rules and regulations by FCT Administration” he said.
On adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols as schools in the Federal Capital resumes That’s Mohammed said the FCT Administration was doing all it takes to adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines across the schools.
Mohammed explained that the number of students in a class should be between 25 and 35 depending on the size of the class and infrastructure available for use.
“Number of students in the class at the schools just resumed should be between 25 and 35 in a class, but where there are larger number of students, we have mandated the teachers to make provision for two sessions, morning and afternoon sessions, this will be the situation till when we are comfortable for schools to go back to normal” he said.
The SEB chairman called on parents and guardians to corporate with school heads and the teachers in complying with the laid down safety measures.
The schools visited include Government Girls’ Secretary School, Dutse. Junior Secondary School, Dutse-Sagwari and Government Day Secondary School, Dutsen-Alhaji.
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