Proprietors of private schools in Cross River State are pleading that government exempt private schools in rural parts of the state from paying operational fees and taxes as a way of encouraging such schools to do more as they train the young population, provide employment for a good number of people and help tackle rural-urban migration.
Martins Osakwe, Zonal President National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, made the plea yesterday, Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Unical Hotel Conference Hall, Calabar, when NAPPS, Cross River State chapter, inaugurated her state Executive and held a fund-raiser for the building of her state secretariat.
Mike Nshum Egre, who heads the new executive, also maintained in his speech that, “private schools have been complementing the efforts of government in the building and development of the educational sector in the state”, the real reason why government must begin to make concessions that will give NAPPS “a moral boost and a sense of belonging”.
He further opined that, government’s magnanimity in this direction must know no bounds while also praying that the leadership of NAPPS “be consulted in the formulation and execution of very sensitive educational policies in the state.
Represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, CRS Ministry of Education, Ann Odey, state deputy governor, Ivara Esu, while congratulating the new executive, charged proprietors of private schools in the state to help fight those who operate illegal schools in CRS. Esu maintained that the activities of such individuals were having a negative impact on the educational sector in the state, adding that if the fight is holistic, the state will be free of such illegal schools.
Oath of office was also administered on the new executive.
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