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NAPPS seeks end to admission of underage pupils into secondary schools


Nigerian-PupilsThe rising trend of admission of underage pupils into public and private secondary schools has drawn the ire of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), South West Zone, which insists that completion of six years of primary education must be adhered to.

In deploring the non-adherence to the provisions of the National Policy on Education, the body calls for an immediate end to the practice, just as it urged its members and public secondary school heads to demand for valid testimonials from transiting primary school pupils, which they must carry along to junior secondary schools.

A release endorsed by its deputy national president, Yomi Otubela after a meeting of the zone, which took place at Lagooz Schools, Agege, Lagos, “NAPPS frowns at the situations where underage students are admitted into secondary schools in both private and public schools.”

It therefore demanded that, “completion of six years of primary education must be made mandatory as contained in the National Policy on Education, and a testimonial must be obtained by children transiting from primary six to junior secondary school.

During the session, the issue of security around schools in the country also attracted the attention of the private educator, over which they appreciated the steps so far taken by the Federal Government and called for its improvement.

“We appreciate the recent effort of the Federal Government in combating the menace imposed by the insurgents in the country. However, we want the Federal Government to also put some form of security measures around schools to protect lives of these young ones. The recent attack witnessed in Pakistan is instructive on this issue.

“NAPPS is therefore suggesting that government should make use of uniformed men to provide security around streets where schools are located. Uniformed men such as police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps etc,” the release stated.

The vexed issue of multiple taxation that private school owners are also subjected to also found its way to the front burner. And to put paid to this ugly situation, they demanded for a one-stop shop for genuine government taxes to be paid.

“NAPPS supports payment of tax by its members as responsible citizens of this country. However, the association is requesting for one stop office where payments of various charges and levies by private school operators can be made as it is done in Oyo State, which runs harmonised demand notice. This will allow members to concentrate on their jobs of molding lives.

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