Covid-19: Private school Teachers lament as lockdown continues

It was various levels of frustration for Private school teachers whose source of livelihoods depends on teaching in private schools in the country narrated their experience since these four months of starvation resulting from the stay at home directives of Mr. President.

Speaking with our reporter, Miss. Joy Akawu, headteacher of All Saints Nursery and Primary School, a private school in the city of Abuja said it was okay for the government to enforce lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus but palliative measures should be provided for the citizens to cushion the effect of the lockdown has over her and colleagues.

She also noted that, since the lockdown began the school authority has stopped her salaries and that of her colleagues, making it difficult for her and colleagues to feed and take care of other bills.

Where no cases of coronavirus had been reported, they are already getting funds from the government to cater to their needs and the private school teachers must not be an exception.

While Mrs. Rebecca Joshua, headteacher of Ammiel International Schools, Abuja has also urged the federal government to as a matter of necessity re-open schools to enable children to catch up with lost knowledge and enable their employer to pay them.

In a meeting held yesterday 25th June 2020, in Abuja, the National Association of Private School Teachers bemoans the ugly situation currently experienced and challenged the federal government to come up with urgent modalities that will help in balancing the nation’s economy and the President of NAPST urge the federal to look into the plight of these private educators in the country


—Paul Edoh Jnr

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