The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) says some parents have started to demand for the refund of money paid for their children to partake in this year’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) following the decision of the Federal Government to suspend the exams.
National President of NAPPS, Chief Yomi Otubela, who made this known on Monday, lamented the inability of affected private schools to make such refunds as the money has been remitted to the relevant examination bodies.
“Consequent upon the announcement of the suspension of the 2020 WAEC examinations for SSS3 students, parents of students in private schools have started to approach the management of private schools demanding the refund of the money paid on behalf of their children to partake in 2020 WAEC examinations which private schools had already remitted to the examination bodies.
“Their reasons are premised on the decision to utilise the refunds to approach other neighbouring countries so that their children can sit for 2020 WAEC examinations outside the country,” he said.
Otubela called on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision on the suspension of 2020 SSCE exams as private schools are ready for reopening of schools with standard safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the school premises.
“Even though we appreciate the safety concerns of the Federal Government, private schools are fully prepared for safe reopening of schools with investment already made to procure safety equipment as advised by Nigeria Council for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the safe reopening of schools nationwide.
“To this end, NAPPS is appealing to the Federal Government to review its stand on suspension of 2020 public examinations (WAEC, NECO etc),” he added