April 20, 2024

Private school proprietors task govt on security, tax reduction

Private school proprietors task govt on security, tax reduction

By Elizabeth Osayande

Private school proprietors under the aegis of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPP, have appealed to the Government to provide adequate security, reduce taxes, and make policies that would aid their operations.

This appeal was made at a one-day capacity building training, themed “Quality Assurance Compliance & Safety Precautions in Schools,” organized by NAPPS Alimosho Chairman, Mr Bodunde Samuel.

While addressing the participants, Mr. Samuel emphasized the need for collaboration with the government to ensure that private schools operate within the purview of the law. He said, “The reason for NAPPS collaboration with the government is for us to understand the policies of the government better to avoid violations. While we are doing this, we are appealing to the government to always support private schools in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. They should help us in terms of security, in terms of running quality schools and reducing our taxes by eradicating double taxation. These are some things the government can do for us to ease the pressure on us.”

The President of NAPPS, Lagos State chapter, Chief Alaka Yusuf Lukman, expressed optimism that the training would help private school teachers to prepare adequately for the resumption of school. He also called on the government to address the dues paid by private school owners. He said, “The training is important for our teachers to get them prepared for the resumption of school. Our teachers must get it right in areas of safety and quality control. Safety, in terms of structure, in terms of students, in terms of even the parents that are dropping the children, in terms of what should happen in the school environment, and in terms of themselves.”

The training had in attendance Directors of Quality Assurance and top officials from the Lagos State Safety Commission, who took the participants on safety measures, quality control, and compliance policies.

According to the Director of Lagos State Quality Assurance Office, Mr Ejuwunmi Adebayo, “The seminar is important because of the items that we have in the programme. Items such as school approval, standards, and compliance are what schools must do or have when resuming for a new session or term. After today, there will be a better understanding of our policies, and school owners do not need to be afraid of us.”

Speaking on the importance of safety measures, especially in schools, a Safety Consultant from the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Adeyinka Adebiyi, said, “Safety is everyone’s business. We all must play our part so that all stakeholders, including parents and students of the school, are safe at all times.”

The private school proprietors also expressed their appreciation for the training and pledged to implement the safety measures and compliance policies in their schools for the safety and well-being of their students, teachers, and other stakeholders.